The countdown to the weekend has begun. For many of us, it’s a time to kick back, relax, and hang out with our friends. And for many young adults, that means hitting the town and enjoying some adult beverages. But what happens when you're not yet of legal drinking age? It's easy to think that borrowing an ID from an older sibling or using a fake ID will solve the problem. However, the truth is that using a fake ID is illegal, and the consequences can be severe.
The law on fake IDs in Wisconsin
Let's start with the basics. In Wisconsin, it's illegal to use a fake ID to purchase alcohol or enter a bar or nightclub. It's also illegal to use someone else's ID as your own, even if it's a legitimate ID. And just possessing a fake ID is against the law, regardless of whether you use it.
What happens if you get caught with a fake ID
Getting caught using a fake ID can have serious consequences. If a bouncer, bartender, or store clerk realizes your ID is fake, they can refuse to serve you. If they confiscate the ID, they can turn it over to the police, who can arrest you and charge you with a crime. And if you lie to a police officer about your ID, you can be arrested on the spot.
The penalties for a fake ID conviction in Wisconsin can include:
• A fine of up to $1,000
• Up to 90 days in jail
• Community service
• Driver's license suspension
If you present a fake ID to an officer and lie about your identity, that is “Obstructing an Officer,” which is a Class A Misdemeanor punishable by a $10,000 fine, nine months in county jail, or both.
What to do if you're arrested
If you're arrested for using a fake ID in Wisconsin, the first thing you should do is contact a criminal defense attorney. A lawyer can help you navigate the legal system and work to minimize the consequences of your charges. It's important to remember that a criminal charge is a serious matter, and you should take it as such.
Fake IDs are illegal in Wisconsin
Using a fake ID may seem like a harmless way to have some fun with your friends, but the truth is that it can have serious consequences. In Wisconsin, it's against the law to use a fake ID, and the penalties for getting caught can be severe. So if you're thinking about using a fake ID this weekend, think again. It's not worth the risk. Stay safe, and have fun within the law.
David Pierce is a criminal defense attorney at Johns, Flaherty & Collins, SC. If you need a criminal defense attorney in Wisconsin, contact him at 608-784-5678.