Laws Against Fake IDs
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Are Fake IDs Illegal?
While there are different classes of false identification, it is generally illegal to possess, manufacture, or sell any official or fraudulent forms of identification for the purposes of establishing a false identification. In order to establish a false identification one has to present themselves as either a different age or a different person altogether. Every state has some form of penalty for the use and sale of altered or false identification cards, and in some cases, these penalties can be very severe.
What Are the Different False Identification Offenses?
There are a variety of offenses and classes of false identification that carry different criminal penalties at the state level. The following are common violations in this area:
- Fraudulent Use of Another's Valid Driver's License - It is a misdemeanor in most states to use someone else's identification for personal use, or to sell a form of identification so that someone else may establish a false identification.
- Manufacture, Sale, Or Possession of Fictitious, Simulated Official License or Identification - It is illegal, and a felony in some states to possess, produce, or distribute a falsified document that can be mistaken as an official government document.
- Fraudulent Use of a Driver's License, or Department of Motor Vehicles Identification Card to Obtain Alcoholic Beverages - It is a misdemeanor in most states for a minor (under 21) to use a false identification to buy alcoholic beverages.
Should I Contact a Criminal Defense Attorney with My Legal Questions Regarding False Identification?
If you have been accused or arrested for the possession or sale of false identification, the advice of a criminal attorney can be extremely helpful in resolving your legal matter. Because of the complex nature of this area of criminal law, it is important to speak with a lawyer that has specialized in this area, and will be able to give you the counsel you need to best deal with your legal matter.
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Last Modified: 06-11-2014 09:30 AM PDT
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