Individuals in Illinois must be at least 21 years old to buy cigarettes or alcohol. However, many teens and young adults do not want to wait until they are of legal age to purchase these products or enter 21+ establishments like bars and clubs. They instead obtain a fraudulent identification card or driver’s license with the hopes of evading Illinois law.
Possessing a fake ID is a criminal offense in Illinois. It is also illegal to create or distribute a fake state ID card or driver’s license. These offenses are punishable by driver’s license suspension, heavy fines, and jail time.
Illinois Laws Regarding Fraudulent IDs
Using a fake ID to buy alcohol or otherwise evade Illinois law can lead to criminal charges that dramatically impact your future.
You can face Class A misdemeanor charges for:
Using someone else’s ID
Possessing identification documents for the purpose of getting a fake ID
Using a driver’s license with incorrect identifying information
Letting a friend or family member use your ID
Altering any driver’s license or ID
In some situations, fake ID-related offenses are considered felonies. You can be charged with a Class 4 felony for:
Possessing a fake ID
Possessing equipment used to make fake IDs
Manufacturing or selling fake IDs
These offenses can lead to serious penalties including steep fines and jail time. Additionally, you may be subject to a one-year driver’s license suspension. Once your license is suspended, you cannot drive any motor vehicle.
Legal Help for Those Accused of Fake ID Charges
If you or a loved one were charged with possession of a fake or fraudulent ID, using someone else’s ID, or a related offense, contact a lawyer for help. Your attorney can help you defend yourself against the charges and understand all of your options. If your driver’s license was suspended, your lawyer can represent you during the Secretary of State proceedings and advocate on your behalf throughout your case. Some people with suspended licenses are able to get a Restricted Driving Permit which allows them to drive legally during the suspension period.
Contact a Will County Fake ID Defense Lawyer
You can face criminal charges for having a fake ID, selling fake IDs, or even letting someone else borrow your ID. If you or a loved one were accused of a fake ID-related offense, contact the Law Office of Patricia Magaña, LLC right away. Patricia Magaña is a skilled Aurora criminal defense attorney experienced in DUI defense, ID fraud cases, Secretary of State hearings, and juvenile cases. Call our office at 630-448-2001 and set up a free consultation to learn more. Se Habla Español.