Fake Driver's License
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What Is a Fake Driver's License
A fake driver’s license is a license that has been pre-manufactured to resemble an official state driver’s license, but has not in fact been issued or approved by the Department of Motor Vehicles. Since driver’s licenses are often used as a person’s main form of identification, some people wish to obtain fake driver’s licenses for various reasons.
However, the use or possession of a fake driver’s license or fake ID is against the law and is highly discouraged, as it can lead to various legal penalties.
Why Do People Use Fake Driver’s Licenses?
Of course, one of the main reasons why people seek to use a fake driver’s license is to be able to drive before they reach the legal age limit. This is a common occurrence among younger persons who may be eager to drive before the appointed time.
As mentioned, the driver’s license also functions as a primary identification card, which means it is often used for purposes such as:
- Obtaining alcohol or tobacco
- Entering business establishments that are restricted by age (such as dance clubs or bars)
- Using the ID for illegal or fraudulent immigration purposes
- Driving even though one’s original license has been suspended or revoked
What Are the Penalties for Using a Fake Driver’s License?
Most fake ID or fake license violations will result in misdemeanor charges. These are criminal charges punishable by up to a year of jail and/or criminal fines. Some examples of these crimes include: purchasing or selling a fake driver’s license; using the license to buy alcohol; and manufacturing fake driver’s licenses.
It is also illegal to use a valid license to impersonate another person, or to attempt to pass it off as one’s own. While the license itself may be valid and issued by the DMV, such uses are considered illegal and may result in charges as well.
Do I Need a Lawyer for Help with Fake Driver’s License Charges?
Dealing with criminal charges can be difficult because they often involve several complex legal theories and concepts. It’s in your best interests to hire a criminal defense attorney if you’re facing criminal charges. Even simpler charges can involve complex legal issues. Also, repeat violations can lead to more serious penalties.
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Last Modified: 06-11-2014 09:29 AM PDT
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