Fake IDs And Underage Drinking
Many people consider getting a fake ID a rite of passage for today’s teenagers; however, despite the number of youths who obtain such identification, the activity is actually a serious criminal offense in the United States. Indeed, possessing fake IDs and underage drinking often carries a number of harsh penalties, including a license suspension, hefty fine, and possible jail sentence.
Possessing A Fake ID Can Lead To Charges
Depending on the laws in your state, a person in possession of a fake ID can be charged with a misdemeanor or felony offense, with the exact charge ranging from carrying false identification to fraud or forgery. In addition, federal law also prohibits tampering with state or federally issued identification—which means you could even be charged if you attempt to modify your own ID.
The exact penalties for possessing a fake ID vary based on the circumstances in which the identification was used. If you attempt to get into a bar or club and/or purchase alcohol, you may be charged with two separate offenses: one for misrepresenting your age, and another for attempting to purchase alcohol.
Defending Against Underage Drinking Charges
Regardless of the nature of the offense, you can expect to be fined and lose your driver's license if you are convicted of using a fake ID and/or underage drinking. Ironically, if you are over 18, you will be treated as an adult when it comes to the extent of the punishment you receive. However, because the exact penalties are often left to the judge and/or prosecutor’s discretion, you may be eligible for a reduced sentence if you have a clean criminal record.