Suspected Of Using An Improper Form Of Identification?
Has your student been accused of using a false identification (ID) card? The use of a fraudulent ID is a serious offense in Ohio, and your student will need legal representation as soon as possible.
With more than 30 years of experience investigating charges and thorough case preparation, the attorneys at Smith, Meier & Webb, LPA, in Springboro can help build a solid defense for your student.
If My Student Has A Valid License, Is Having A Fake ID Still A Crime?
The use of fake IDs and stolen IDs are commonly misperceived as victimless crimes, leaving many people to wonder why law enforcement is harsh on offenders. However, when police suspect that a fake or stolen ID has been used, the establishment that verified the ID is at risk of losing licensure and being fined or shut down. Using an ID that belongs to someone else could put that person’s credibility at risk.
Due to such potential risks, a fake ID charge is a serious misdemeanor. Consequences may include a $1,000 fine, a six-month jail sentence and the suspension of your own driver’s license.
The misdemeanor charge can be escalated to an identity fraud charge, which is a felony, if the ID belongs to another person. The potential consequences are also escalated to $2,500 in fines and a year in prison.
What Your Student Risks By Using A Fake ID
Being in possession of or using a fake ID that contains one person’s photo and someone else’s information is considered to be identity fraud, a felony crime. The result of a felony conviction means the offense will be on the user’s record, causing harm to his or her future.
In the event that your student shares personal information with a manufacturer of fake IDs, there is the potential for your student’s personal information to be used in the manufacturing of another fake ID in the future. As a result, if another person is caught with that ID and commits fraud or a crime in his or her name, it may complicate both parties’ identity. This would put him or her at risk of facing unjust consequences such as false accusations of criminal activity.
We Can Minimize The Impact Of A False ID Charge
If your child faces charges of using a false or stolen ID, having a knowledgeable lawyer advocate for your student is crucial to his or her case. Give us a call today at 937-557-0128 or use our online contact form to schedule a free consultation.