Is It Illegal to Use a Fake ID?

Is It Illegal to Use a Fake ID?

Virginia Fake ID Laws

Minors have been using fake IDs to get into bars or purchase alcohol for decades. Despite the widespread use of this method, creating, selling, possessing, and using fake identification is a crime and can carry serious legal penalties. If you have been arrested for having a fake ID, it is vital you retain a knowledgeable defense lawyer as soon as possible to protect your future and reputation. At JRLaw, PLC, our Virginia Beach attorney for minors can provide the powerful representation you need to minimize your chances of serving these consequences.

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Virginia Fake ID Laws and Penalties

Under Virginia Code 18.2-204.1, 204.2, it is a Class 1 misdemeanor to possess, use, or distribute fake IDs. A conviction of these charges can bring up to a year in jail, fines up to $2,500, community service, and a possible driver’s license suspension.

Types of Identification Documents that can be prosecuted when falsified:

  • Driver’s licenses
  • U.S. Armed Forces ID cards
  • US Passports
  • Foreign visas
  • Birth certificates
  • Social security cards
  • Student ID cards

Since many minors often use Virginia fake IDs as a method of obtaining alcohol, a fake ID charge is often paired with a minor in possession of alcohol charge, which can add additional penalties. In certain circumstances where a fake ID is used to pose as another person, using a Virginia fake ID can bring a Class 6 felony identity fraud charge punishable by up to five years in prison.

Our Virginia Beach Fake ID Lawyer Has Handled Hundreds of Cases

At JRLaw, PLC, we understand that good people sometimes find themselves in difficult situations. Having earned a 2015 Avvo Clients’ Choice Award for Criminal Defense and a ranking on The National Trial Lawyers: Top 100 list, we are equipped with the skills and solid track record to maximize your chances of securing a positive outcome for your situation. Protecting the rights of accused minors is our passion, and our Virginia Beach juvenile defense lawyer has over a decade of experience and is committed to doing everything possible to pursue a reduction or dismissal of your charges.

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