Fake IDs Equal Real Trouble in Illinois

fake id, false id, Illinois Criminal Defense AttorneyThanks to modern technology, obtaining a false identification card, or fake ID, has become easier than ever. Any individual with internet access and a few dollars to spend can a run a quick Google search and find a number of options for obtaining a realistic looking ID. For some, a fake ID may be a means to commit more serious acts of fraud such as identity theft or other related activities. The vast majority of fake IDs, however, are used by underage individuals to get into bars or clubs and to illegally purchase alcohol.

Illinois Identification Card Act

State law in Illinois defines a fraudulent identification card as any card that “purports to be an official identification card for which a computerized number and file have not been created by” any governmental or quasi-governmental organization. Similarities in color, design, size, wordmarks, or photograph location to an official card issued in Illinois or any other state or country may be deemed a fake ID. A person found to be in possession of such a card can potentially be charged with a Class 4 felony in addition to the suspension of driving privileges and other administrative penalties.

Getting Caught with a Fake ID

While it may seem like no big deal for a person to present a fake ID to gain access to a club, the reality is often quite the opposite. It, in fact, can be a big deal. Security personnel and bouncers are typically very good at spotting fake IDs, and may even be required to undergo training by the state in doing so. An informal study conducted by MTV found that while not every bouncer will turn a fake ID over to the authorities, there are definitely some that will.

Once law enforcement is involved, the circumstances of the situation often play a significant role in what happens next. In many cases, the police will make a report to the Secretary of State which leads to the suspension of an individual’s actual driver’s license. More serious situations, however, may result in felony charges or even federal prosecution if the fake ID resembled a passport.

If you or your child is facing charges related to the possession or use of a fake ID, you may have options that can minimize the impact of the situation. Contact a criminal defense attorney in Arlington Heights today to schedule a free consultation. We will review your case and provide you with the high-quality legal representation you deserve.

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