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What You Should Know About Fake IDs

Aug 17, 2007
The process of making fake IDs has been something that's been done for many years usually in the privacy of someone's home in secret quarters. It's still in controversy whether the cards can be made without repercussions from the law. In some states it's argued that they can be sold without principle because they don't infringe on existing copyright issues held by the law.

Where legalities play a more crucial role is not with the card issuer but with the card holder. It is just as illegal now to lie about your age and status as it was in the days when card makers were held accountable. The person who gives the false information to the card maker is committing a crime by documenting that the information they provided was true. It is most likely that this type of behavior is the prelude to more illegal actions. Quite often these actions are taken to use the card for tobacco or alcohol purchase. While these particular crimes may seem harmless and the law only holds them as misdemeanors, there are crimes that would initiate harsher consequences.

Using a fake driver's license is a far more serious crime. In some states it's considered to be a felony. This can result in more intense fines and/or jail terms as decided by law. You may also take into consideration that such a crime would probably cause you to lose your license. You should also take note that strict penalties do not only apply to those who carry fake ids, they also apply to those who borrow the id of a friend, relative, etc.

Getting a fake id is truly an ethical decision. The choices you make will also have an effect on others and that's something you really need to take into consideration before appropriating an id for unethical use. Basically whether you get a fake id, or how you choose to use it should be held in regard to common courtesy to others. Penalties can be extreme for store owners or businesses who sell alcohol and a tobacco product to under age individuals and it isn't always sympathetic to those who approach the matter with the fact that they were fooled by fake identification. In short, outside of the consequences you impose on yourself, you can get others fined, jailed, fired, or put out of business. This isn't exactly a victimless crime.
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