Consequences of Using or Possessing a “Fake ID”
You may think being under 21 and having a fake ID is just a rite of passage; we all did it, right? Wrong! In the State of Florida, unauthorized possession of and other unlawful acts in relation to driver license or identification cards can be punishable under Section 322.212, Florida Statutes.
MisdemeanorFake IDs include any identification that has been altered in any way, forged, or unlawfully manufactured. It is unlawful to display, or have in your possession any canceled, suspended, fictitious or fraudulently altered driver's license. If is also unlawful to allow a sibling or a friend to loan their driver's license or identification card to someone to get into clubs or bars. In this instance, the younger friend may be charged with possession of the license, but the friend who loaned the Fake ID to them could also be charged. This unlawful use of a license is a second degree misdemeanor under Section 322.22, Florida Statutes.
FelonyIt is a third degree felony under Florida Statutes, 322.212, to knowingly have in your possession a blank, forged, fake, stolen or counterfeit driver's license or identification. More simply put, it is a third degree felony to have a "fake ID." This means made with your name, photograph, and address, only changing your date of birth in order to get into bar or night club as 21; a "fake ID" specific to you. Possession of a "fake ID" whether your using it or just carrying it around in your wallet is a serious crime with criminal charges that can have a lasting impact on your future.
Law EnforcementDo we see this type of arrest occur on college campuses, yes! If you are trying to get into a bar with a "fake ID" typically the bouncer will just take it from you. However, many times law enforcement pull you over for another reason and as they watch you comb through your wallet for your valid ID they see your "fake ID" too. Police officers are not so lenient, and the reason is because the Florida Legislature was trying to shut down the manufactures of these "fake IDs." However, as you know now, this law also effects those using the "fake IDs," and those students most likely have no idea they are actually committing a felony (for possessing it on a Wednesday afternoon after class; or while trying to use it to get into a bar or night club).
Let Us Defend Your RightsThe attorneys at Pumphrey Law are experienced in fighting "fake ID" cases, and will work hard to defend your rights. Call our office today at 850/681-7777 to set a free consultation.