For those under the age of 21, the sale of alcohol or tobacco products, including vapes, is prohibited. To get around this law, some may purchase a “fake ID” with a falsified birthdate or other information; however, using a “fake ID” is illegal and can bring criminal charges. Our Norman criminal defense attorneys share the consequences of using a fake ID to purchase alcohol or tobacco products.
What Constitutes A Fake ID?
A “fake ID” is using a form of identification not legally issued to yourself by a state or federal entity, such as your department of motor vehicles or Oklahoma’s Department of Public Safety.
In this case, legal identification cards or documents can include a driver’s license, identification card, or passport that was not properly issued. Fake documents or IDs may change information about the individual, such as their birth date, street address, photo, signature, or state of issuance. Using another individual’s legal identification can also constitute using a fake ID.
Consequences of Using a Fake ID
If you are caught owning or using a fake ID to purchase alcohol or tobacco products, you may face severe consequences, including felony charges for possession or use of a fake ID. You may face legal penalties, including:
- Financial penalty up to $10,000, or
- A sentence of up to seven years in state penitentiary.
It is also a misdemeanor to lend a friend your driver’s license or passport to purchase alcohol or tobacco products. If you are charged with a misdemeanor, you may be liable for a fine ranging from $25 to $200.
Norman Criminal Defense Attorneys
If you or a loved one is arrested after using a fake ID, our criminal defense team can help you fight your charges. We understand that an arrest can be stressful for your family, and our criminal defense attorneys are skilled at helping families through this difficult time.
Were you or a loved one arrested for using a fake ID? Schedule a free consultation with our criminal defense team to learn more about how we can help you fight your charges by calling (405) 266-5072 or contacting us online.