Today many people are unaware of the fact that possessing a fake ID is a crime and it is a third-degree felony. Teens and young adults may be tempted to obtain fake driver’s licenses or other types of identification card(s) to purchase alcohol and to go into bars or clubs, even though, the possession of a fraudulent identification is a felony offense in Florida (See Florida Statutes §322.212). Possession of a fake ID charge can have a severe effect on your life, including having difficulties finding employment.
If you have been charged with possession of a fake ID, it’s crucial to have experienced legal representation. The direct and collateral consequences of being charged with possession of a fake ID can impact your future prospects. A skilled and knowledgeable attorney can help you understand the penalties under the statutes and the possible defenses.
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In 1997, Florida’s fake ID laws were amended to make the possession of a state identification card(s) or a driver’s license that was not produced lawfully by the appropriate government agency an offense. If the only thing that was changed/altered was the date of birth, then the offense can be charged as a second-degree misdemeanor (See Fl. Stat. § 322.212(5)(b)). Additionally, a second-degree misdemeanor can be issued if the alleged individual lets another person borrow his or her driver’s license or state-issued identification card(s).
When an individual is facing criminal charges with a fake ID, it is vital to consult a criminal defense attorney in the earliest stages of your case to have a favorable outcome. In some cases, a conviction is unavoidable and can lead to a criminal record. Below are the consequences for a criminal conviction of possession of a fake ID:
Florida’s Identity Theft & Driver’s License Fraud Protection – Follow the link to Florida’s Department of Highway Safety & Motor Vehicles (FLHSMV) to learn more information about driver’s license fraud, identity theft resources, and how to protect yourself against identity theft.
Florida’s Statutes: Driver’s License – Visit the Florida Senate website to view the Florida Statute for unauthorized possession of, and other unlawful acts in relations to, driver’s license or identification card (322.212).
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Although the possession of a fake ID may seem like a harmless and minor offense, it is shocking to most people to learn that it is charged as a felony. Consequences for a conviction can lead to having to pay a hefty fine and serving time in prison. Regardless of your age, being charged with possession of a fake ID can have damaging consequences to your future. Contact John Terrezza at [firm] for an experienced criminal defense attorney.
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