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What Are the Penalties for a Fake ID in Connecticut?

A fake ID can get you into any bar or club when you’re under the age of 21, but that small piece of plastic can also get you into real serious trouble. While a bouncer or bartender can simply choose to tear the ID in half and tell you to leave, the police could also get involved. And when they do, it can end up in a felony arrest.

What’s a Fake ID?

A false or fake ID is any form of identification that is forged, altered or used to establish the false identity of a person. A fake ID could be one that you purchased from a seedy character in an alley or a legal driver’s license that a friend or family member gave you so that you could pass yourself off as them.

The Second Degree Forgery Law

You can be found guilty of Second Degree Forgery Law under C.G.S. § 53a-139 if you intend to deceive or defraud another with a government-issued identification instrument. This includes altering or possessing a fake ID, driver’s license, passport or social security card. If you are arrested for a fake ID, you face up to 5 years in jail, a $5,000 fine and probation. If you’re underage, and are caught buying alcohol, you could face more charges for minor in possession of alcohol.

Contact an Attorney Today

Getting caught with a fake ID may seem harmless, but the consequences of a possible arrest can result in jail time, an expensive fine and a felony/criminal record that can affect you for the rest of your life. Even a misdemeanor could make it harder for you to get a job or rent an apartment, which is why you need an experienced attorney by your side. At Tomeo Sills, LLC, we provide customized defenses to our clients who are accused of committing criminal offenses, such as theft, assault, rape, and drinking and driving.

Call (844) 913-7747 or contact us online to talk to a Connecticut criminal defense attorney.