Bars and clubs that are in close proximity to college campuses are typically places that see a great number of fake IDs being used, and they generally employ bouncers who are trained and very skilled at recognizing fakes. When this happens, in most cases the bouncer will simply confiscate the ID card, and the user is now without it, and the $50 they paid to buy it.
However, some places hand over all the fakes they’ve collected that night to the police, and if the fake ID has an a legitimate name and photo, in addition to the fraudulent date of birth, the offender may be charged, lose their real driver’s license, pay a substantial fine, be assigned to a diversion program with community service, or even serve a short time in jail. If it’s a first arrest, jail time can usually be avoided and an attorney can be hired to get a misdemeanor charge reduced to an infraction, but there still will be the legal fees and court costs to pay.
Many college students are also not aware that if they are arrested while using a Fake ID, their school’s administration can bring down a punishment as well.
What colleges say about a Fake ID
As an example, the Student Conduct Code at the University of Southern California lists these “Potential University Impacts” if a student is caught with a fake and prosecuted: removal from university housing, suspended parking privileges, not allowed to study abroad, dismissal from the university; and all organizations, clubs, or groups may be subjected to permanent or temporary removal of recognition and denial of the use of university facilities.
Bilder - Einzahlungsschein gt; Die Union Few students also realize that being caught in a bar while under 21 can result in the business being charged a fine of several hundred dollars, and possibly losing their liquor license and being shut down for catering to juveniles. This can affect the livelihood of numerous employees, and some states even allow bars and liquor stores to bring civil damage lawsuits against minors who try to use a fake ID.
So, while it can be very tempting for some teenagers to purchase a fake ID, especially the 19 and 20-year-olds who want to hang out with older friends at over-21 venues, it can come at a cost that is much more significant than the small amount of money that they paid for the convenience.
As parents, we can encourage our kids to educate themselves on the state laws where they live and on their school’s policies regarding fake IDs.
Bilder - Einzahlungsschein gt; Die Union When it seems like many people they know are getting away with doing this, kids under 21 think, “Getting caught will never happen to me.” But every now and then, a first-time offender is used as an example for others. Having a conviction on their record, even for just a short number of years, can undeniably affect future job opportunities.
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