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Fake I.D.

The possession of a fake ID, while a common charge in Isla Vista, is one of the more serious ones. It is understood that the usual purpose of a fake ID is to enable a minor to purchase alcohol and/or gain entry to a nightclub or an age-restricted party. However, any time the government is accusing you of fraudulent conduct, you should take it very seriously.

The growing phenomenon of identity thefts has given rise to less tolerant treatment of people who are passing themselves off as others. This conduct can, at the discretion of the prosecutor, be treated as a serious crime. Moreover, both the Department of Motor Vehicles and the Court may suspend or even revoke your drivers license depending on the circumstances. For a free confidential initial consultation with a lawyer experienced in these matters, send us a message using the contact form at right.

Business and Professions Code section 25661:

Any person under the age of 21 years who presents or offers to any licensee, his or her agent or employee, any written, printed, or photostatic evidence of age and identity which is false, fraudulent or not actually his or her own for the purpose of ordering, purchasing, attempting to purchase or otherwise procuring or attempting to procure, the serving of any alcoholic beverage, or who has in his or her possession any false or fraudulent written, printed, or photostatic evidence of age and identity, is guilty of a misdemeanor and shall be punished by a fine of at least two hundred fifty dollars ($250), no part of which shall be suspended; or the person shall be required to perform not less than 24 hours nor more than 32 hours of community service during hours when the person is not employed and is not attending school, or a combination of fine and community service as determined by the court. A second or subsequent violation of this section shall be punished by a fine of not more than five hundred dollars ($500), or the person shall be required to perform not less than 36 hours or more than 48 hours of community service during hours when the person is not employed or is not attending school, or a combination of fine and community service, as the court deems just. It is the intent of the Legislature that the community service requirements prescribed in this section require service at an alcohol or drug treatment program or facility or at a county coroner's office, if available, in the area where the violation occurred or where the person resides.