Persons under the age of 21 in Florida will often use a fake, false, or altered driver’s license or identification card to purchase alcohol or gain entry into a bar, club, or other establishment where you have to be 21 to enter. Such persons will purchase or make their own driver’s license or identification card with an altered or forged date of birth or use the driver’s license or identification card belonging to a sibling or friend over the age of 21 who they resemble. While it may seem that “everyone is doing it,” that doesn’t mean that such actions aren’t against the law. For more information, check out the following summary of the laws related to fake, false, or altered IDs in Florida:
Unauthorized Possession of a Driver’s License or ID Card in Florida
- It is a felony in Florida for a person to have in their possession a driver’s license or identification card that is stolen, fake, counterfeit, forced, fraudulent or unlawfully issued. Violation of this law is a felony offense that is punishable by up to five years in prison and a $5000 fine. In addition, you may be subject to a disciplinary hearing at your school, even if the crime occurred off campus.
Other Related Fake ID Laws in Florida
- It is a second degree misdemeanor crime in Florida to use someone else’s driver’s license or state issued identification card. This crime is punishable by a $500 fine, 60 days in jail, and possibly a one year driver’s license suspension.
- It is a second degree misdemeanor crime in Florida to let another person borrow your driver’s license or state issued identification card. This crime is punishable by a $500 fine, 60 days in jail, and possibly a one year driver’s license suspension.
- It is a first degree misdemeanor in Florida to identify yourself to a police officer with a fake or false driver’s license or identification card. This crime is punishable by a $1000 fine and up to one year in prison.
If you or your child has been charged with violating any of these laws, it is important to take these charges seriously and hire a criminal defense attorney. After all, being convicted of these offenses can carry significant criminal consequences that can irreparably change your life. Galanter Law’s legal team includes a Miami criminal defense attorney and a Fort Lauderdale criminal defense attorney who specialize in fake ID charges and have the experience and knowledge to possibly get the charge dismissed or the sentence lowered.
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