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Fake Ids - They Make You A Sitting Duck

Aug 18, 2007
Are you a teenager that is considering purchasing or making your very own fake ID? Do you believe that making fake IDs is not only fun but a great way to engage in underage drinking and partying? Are you curious about the process or want to make one for a laugh or to please your friends? Well, before you purchase a template or software or purchase a fake ID from someone that makes them, you better be aware of your actions. The police are cracking down on the possession and owning of fake ids and if you aren't careful, you can get in a world of trouble. In this article, we'll discuss the ramifications of owning or making fake ids.

Although using fake IDs has been commonplace for years, the police are really starting to crack down on punishing those that break the law. For instance, federal and state lawmakers are serious cracking down on Websites with ID templates and are also punishing those that possess fake IDs as well. In fact, the False Identification Prevention Act of 2000, a federal law, considers it a felony for US website owners to sell templates to people to make their own fake id's and driver's licenses. If they're found guilty of their templates being used to make even one id, these owners could receive up to a year in prison. In addition, if their template is used to make five or more ideas, they could received up to 20 years.

But, police are also cracking down on those that use fake IDs, too. Consider the Bush twins. While Jenna and Barbara were 19 years old, they were cited on charges of illegally ordering alcohol with a fake id. Like many teens, they were unconcerned about the consequences of their actions. Well, that is changing fast. Bouncers, restaurant owners, police, and bartenders are on the lookout and are eager to catch the 50% of underage high school and college students who have fake IDs. In fact, many police officers consider catching bogus IDs a priority.

Although individual state laws vary, it is fairly common that a conviction of owning, making, selling and utilizing fake IDs will appear on your permanent criminal record. In addition, people who possess, use or distribute fake IDs can also be charged with a Class 1 misdemeanor which is also punishable by a fine of $1,000 or less, paying court costs, and 100 hours of community service.

So, the next time, you think about 'borrowing' another person's legitimate ID card, making or purchasing a fake one, you better think twice. There are currently new mechanisms in place that allow ids to be put through card readers to check for validity. In addition, police and others are becoming more competent at evaluating holograms and incorrect lettering and codes. And, if they catch you with a fake id or making one, you could be in a world of trouble.
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