Using A Fake ID? You Need to Know the Penalties In New Jersey
Using a fake ID is a situation that could lead to a steep penalty. Although you might hope that if you are caught you are let off with just a warning, you cannot always count on this as your opportunity to avoid criminal charges.
Anyone who tries to gain access to bars or to purchase alcohol with a fake ID needs to understand that in New Jersey, they could be facing dire consequences. This is because New Jersey laws make it illegal to create, sell, display or possess a fake ID.
How Can You Be Accused of a Fake ID Crime?
Each of these actions is classified as a crime and comes with possible jail time, in addition to the impact of a criminal record following you for many years to come. Most people will want to avoid the impact of a criminal record as this could show up on employment and other background checks.
Anyone who uses a fake ID for the purpose of misrepresenting their age or other personal information used for identification could be facing these charges. Displaying a false document is known as a third-degree crime and if you are found guilty, you could be facing fines of up to $15,000 and up to five years in jail. In a juvenile contest, however, this stiff penalty is often not assessed. Juveniles with fake IDs will most likely be charged with a disorderly person’s offense.
It is much worse for an adult to use a fake ID for any other illegal objection such as misrepresentation or commercial fraud, than for a young adult to lie about their age for the purpose of getting access to cigarettes or alcohol. When a juvenile is convicted of possessing a fake ID in New Jersey, they will face a maximum fine of $1,000 and up to six months in prison and mandatory suspension of their driver’s license. A knowledgeable criminal defense attorney can be hired as soon as possible to give anyone facing fake ID charges the best possible opportunity to avoid these.
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If you’ve been accused of a crime like having or making fake ids, set aside time to talk with an experienced criminal defender at the Law Offices of John W. Tumelty.
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