It seems like an okay idea. You find the name of a guy on campus who makes great ID’s (or maybe you are good with a computer and made your own) or you and your friends trek into a city and pay anywhere from $20.00 to $500.00 for a license that says you are 21.
It’s an easy thing to rationalize. The drinking age used to be 18, but now it’s 21. “Everyone has one”. “My parents know I have it…” Ok, the problem is, that even if you have rationalized it (for yourself or your child – if you are a parent), there are still consequences when you get caught. Criminal consequences and DRIVING CONSEQUENCES. The criminal consequences can result in a criminal record (think future jobs and employment opportunities). Driving consequences can result in a loss of license (think getting back and forth to class/work/home).
Are there things that can be done? Sure. Things can always be done, but not in every case and not in every town.
The potential CRIMINAL CONSEQUENCES ARE AS FOLLOWS:
- $500.00 fine
- State Prison for up to five years
- Jail or house of correction for not more than two years
The potential DRIVING CONSEQUENCES ARE AS FOLLOWS:
These consequences can happen even if you are not convicted of anything in court!
Your license can be suspended for six months (with NO conviction) and for one year with a conviction!
The RMV can do this if you do any of these:
- Transfer, alter or deface a license or ID.
- Making, using, carrying, selling, or distributing a false license or ID.
- Using somebody else’s license or ID.
- Furnishing false Identification to obtain a license.
If you lose your license – there is a possibility that you can get a Hardship License (sometimes called a Cinderella License) so you can work and go to school. This involves a hearing or two at the Registry of Motor Vehicles and you are allowed to have a lawyer represent you.
Being accused of using a Fake I.D. is a serious charge – don’t take it lightly. If you have any questions please call Criminal Defense Attorney Jessica Foley at 866-981-7888 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org .