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What are the possible consequences for using a fake ID?

Posted on March 29, 2021

People who are under the age of 21 could find themselves in serious trouble if they face an arrest for possession or attempted use of a fake ID. This offense is not a felony, but it may carry multiple negative consequences that may make it difficult for people to achieve their goals. 

Young adults contending with a first offense may not understand the gravity of a criminal charge. Here are some of the most important things to know about a charge for a fake ID

Will there be jail time?

A conviction could result in up to six months of jail time. However, it may be possible to get probation instead of having to serve jail time. 

What are possible non-legal ramifications?

Any type of criminal conviction hurt a person’s future opportunities. For example, it may be harder to gain acceptance to an academic program or land a good job. 

Will it stay on a criminal record forever?

In Colorado, the unlawful use of a forged ID card is a class 3 misdemeanor. A misdemeanor can remain on your criminal record, but it is possible to seek expungement as soon as two years after the date of a conviction .  

Defeating a charge for a fake ID can be rather challenging. This type of offense typically involves substantive evidence proving guilt because law enforcement officers will have likely confiscated the actual ID. However, it is possible to mitigate the severity of the consequences and prevent an arrest from compromising a young person’s future.