Having and making use of fake identification documents is something that can have serious consequences. Unfortunately, some people, in particular high school and college students, are often not aware how significant this offense can be.
It is very common amongst students to use fake identity documents to gain access into bars and clubs, and to buy alcohol. However, a student who is caught using a fake ID might not only face criminal charges, but he or she could also face disciplinary action from their school or college because of violating their institution’s code of conduct.
In the event that you are caught using a fake ID, you should contact an experienced Georgia criminal defense attorney like the Frye Law Group as soon as possible.
What is considered a fake ID in Georgia?
A fake identity document is an identification card that is made by unauthorized sources, which looks a lot like an identification document issued by a governmental agency. Put simply, it is a forged, altered or counterfeit identity card.
In terms of Georgia Code Section 3-3-23, the intentional display, use or possession of altered or false identity documents like passports and driver’s licenses is forbidden.
In other words, it is a crime to possess or make use of fake identity documents. Most people who are caught using a fake ID usually face a misdemeanor charge. However, those who are caught distributing fake IDs can face a felony charge.
Consequences for using a fake ID in Georgia
If you are caught using a fake identity document, the consequences are more severe than most people think. Someone who is found guilty of a misdemeanor offense could be jailed for up to one year.
If you are convicted of a felony offense, you can get a state prison sentence of up to 10 years. Some young adults convicted of these offenses then have a permanent criminal record simply because they made the decision to make use of someone else’s license to go to a local club.
Additionally, if you are convicted of a misdemeanor or felony offense, your driver’s license may be revoked.
It is very unfortunate that some young people are not fully aware of the consequences of using a fake ID, including the fact that a conviction will negatively impact future college and job applications. If you are found guilty, you have to disclose your conviction on those applications.
High school and college students found guilty of using fake identity cards may also face disciplinary charges at their respective institutions, and they are also likely to find it very difficult to get financial aid.
What to do if you’re accused of having a fake ID in Georgia
If you are charged with a fake ID offense or someone you know is charged with that offense, you should contact a criminal defense attorney as soon as possible.
Even though there are people who may downplay the harshness of a fake ID charge, you should never ignore this charge’s potential to negatively affect your future; especially if you are still a student or young adult.
It is important to get legal assistance from an experienced attorney if you want your charges to be reduced and your reputation restored. With your best interests at heart, the attorney will advocate for your rights.
Experienced criminal defense attorneys in Georgia
At Frye Law Group, we defend individuals charged with various types of crimes, including having and using a fake ID. Our mission is to defend people’s rights and to make sure that everyone has the opportunity to look forward to a bright future. To schedule a free consultation, contact us today.