Fake IDs: Why It Isn’t Worth the Risk
Whether you are reading this article as a concerned parent of a teenager or young college student, or you have found yourself in a jam because of a fake ID, it is important to arm yourself with the facts. Having a fraudulent identification card may seem like a clever way to get around the system, they’ve been around for ages and are a staple in many young adult comedies, but it is a serious crime. No matter the reasoning for having this in your possession, and regardless of your intention, you could find yourself facing serious consequences for misrepresenting your identity, especially if you are participating in an illegal activity.
What could happen if you’re caught?
Your initial thought may be that this is a relatively harmless, innocent crime. The reality is that this can carry heavy penalties with long-lasting consequences you may not have considered.
You are denied entry and asked to leave.
This may be the best-case scenario if you are caught with a fake ID and attempting to enter a bar or event with age restrictions. Depending on where you are, or who is tending the entrance, you might simply be denied entry, or have your ID confiscated. If this is the worst that happens to you during your exchange, count yourself as one of the lucky ones, and do not try your luck at another place.
Your ID is taken away.
If you are trying to get into a place with strict entry rules and regulations, you may find that if they suspect your ID is fake, they will opt to keep it. In the state of Colorado, the unlawful possession or use of an identification card is a class 3 misdemeanor. Under CRS 12-47-901(5)(a)(II), licensees are permitted to confiscate suspected false or fraudulent identification, but must be turned over to a local law enforcement agency within 72 hours. Police may decide to pursue criminal charges. The laws vary state by state, but the result could be a hefty fine, jail time, or probation.
You are caught by the police.
So, you’re at an event and the police show up… You shouldn’t present your fake ID to the police, but if you’re in a situation where you’ve been caught by them directly, cooperating is always the best approach. You should not assume you’ll get let off with a warning or a slap on the wrist but lying or concealing the truth will quickly make your situation worse. If have been caught, you could be arrested and charged with a crime, and this charge could follow you on your record for years to come. Don’t face this challenge alone; find a lawyer you trust.
Consult a lawyer who can help you. Call Phil Clark.
The unlawful use of a fake or fraudulent identification card is a serious crime and one worth seeking legal counsel to defend against. This is a great opportunity to have a lawyer review your case, investigate the charges against you, and prepare a legal defense if possible. Your defense against unlawful use of identification could include:
- Not knowing the ID was fraudulent.
- Evidence against you was collected through unlawful search or seizure by police.
- You did not intentionally alter the ID.
- Someone else used your identification without your knowledge.
Seeking legal assistance is especially important if you are facing additional charges related to the fake ID. For example, if you are a minor caught with possession of alcohol, you could face a charge for this as well. If you are in Colorado and need the advice of an experienced, knowledgeable lawyer, contact Phil Clark today! Our clients trust us to guide them through each and every step of legal proceedings and you can too. No matter what you’re facing, we are here to help you understand your options.