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Can using a fake ID be considered identity theft?

On Behalf of | Mar 8, 2022 | Criminal defense | 0 comments

When you are trying to fit in with another crowd, a year or two can be a significant age difference. While your new friends can get into clubs and bars, you could be stuck on the sidelines with a fear of missing out.

It could seem like getting a fake ID could be the solution to your problems. However, getting caught with a fake ID could have serious consequences.

Here’s what you should know about carrying a fake ID (and what happens if you get caught).

Not quite identity theft

Getting into a bar with a fake ID can seem relatively innocent since your actions do not harm the person whose identification you have.

Typically, identity theft includes the intent to harass someone, steal their money or use their credit. Carrying a fake ID is usually not enough to meet the requirements to prove identity theft.

The consequences are serious

While your fake ID is likely not identity theft, there are serious consequences if you are carrying an ID that does not belong to you. In addition to a fine, having a fake ID is a class four felony and could lead to time in jail.

Also, it is essential to remember that having a felony on your criminal record could impact your ability to get a job or stay in school. If you are facing charges for carrying a fake ID, it is essential to talk to a skilled professional who can help you.