Fake ID, Real Consequences
It’s nearly every high school student and college kid’s dream - the day you are finally old enough to go to a bar and buy alcohol. For most of us this comes at the age of 18, or 21, depending on the legal age in your location. However, for others this opportunity comes prematurely, in the form of fake ID’s. Fake ID’s have become fairly easy to obtain. You can buy one for roughly $100 from a local dealer on campus, make one yourself, or take one from a similar looking older sibling. Now fake ID’s are also very easily purchased online from offshore fake ID websites. Before you say, “Hey, it’s not such a big deal. What’s the worst that could happen?,” stop and think again.
I used to think the worst that would happen is being thrown out of the bar or having your ID confiscated. But fines, suspension of your driver’s license and jail time are other possibilities. Some states have now even upgraded the possession of false identification to a felony. And, since 9-11, a fake ID can also be a federal offense under The Patriot Act. College admissions offices and prospective employers aren’t too keen about accepting people who’ve been charged with a felony charges. It’s something to consider.