What Happens When You Get Caught with Fake ID?

Have you ever wondered what happens when you get caught with a fake ID?

 This is often asked but rarely answered. So many people out there want to use their fake IDs to buy alcohol, gamble or get into R-rated movies, but not many consider what happens when it all goes south. 

When you get caught with a fake ID, there are a couple of things that can happen to you. Depending on the situation, the state and the place in which you were attempting to use it, using a fake ID will yield you different results. 

Before you go out and use your fake ID without a care in the world, take a second to look at what the consequences might be. 

Is Using Fake IDs Illegal?

This shouldn’t even be a question worth asking, yet the answer is important. To put it in simple words, yes, it is illegal to use a fake ID in any situation. However, the real question worth asking here is, just how illegal can a fake ID be? 

States will treat the crime of carrying a fake ID with different levels of seriousness. Some might only give you a slap on the wrist, while others will be quick to slap on the cuffs. 

The key difference lies between it being a misdemeanor or a felony. It’s a small detail, but it can be the difference between a small fine or a life in prison. 

If you’re thinking of using a fake ID, make sure you’re up to date on your state’s laws against it. Not only will it keep you safe, but it will also make sure that you don’t let someone pull a fast one on you. 

What a Business Does After Catching You with a Fake ID

If you’re using a fake ID, the chances are that you’re looking to use it to get into a bar, club, strip club or casino. In short, you want to attempt using a fake ID to enter a private business. The thing about private businesses is that they all have their own set of rules. Some might give you a scare and let you go, but some might turn you into the police.

Small Vs Large Businesses

Most businesses aren’t concerned with a few fake IDs being used. The simple reason is that there is a high volume of customers to go through and they can’t spend too much time on just one. 

This is why some businesses aren’t as punishing if they catch you using a fake ID. They’ll stop you from entering or ask you to leave, but they won’t call the cops on you right away. Refuse to leave, however, and that’s a different story. 

Some businesses will call the police right away without giving you any chance to leave quietly. There are multiple reasons why they would do this. The big reason is that they may be under obligation to do so. Another reason is that they don’t want to face any legal problems or ruin their business. That’s why they would rather have law enforcement deal with you than try to enforce their own rules. 

Smaller businesses such as family-run liquor stores don’t get a lot of foot traffic on a regular basis. You can expect these kinds of businesses to take their time with checking your fake ID. If they manage to catch you, they’ll have the time to call in the local law enforcement, so be very careful when using a fake with them.

Consequences of a Business Catching You with a Fake ID

At the end of the day, a business cannot put you in any legal trouble directly. They can only do one of the following:

  • Hand you over to the cops
  • Deny you entry 
  • Confiscate your fake ID
  • Ban you for life 

What the Police Does After Catching You with a Fake ID

When a police officer catches you committing a crime, you can expect them to lay down the law. This is why the important thing for you to know is the law. 

While the federal law has a few universal stipulations, the states can enforce these laws how they see fit. Different states and counties have their own versions of the law, so you need to be aware of the laws that apply to you.

State Differences 

Let’s say you get caught by the police while trying to pass off a fake ID. This act can be classified in two different ways:

  1. Misdemeanor
  2. Felony

Which charge you get will depend on the state you’re in. For example, states like New York and California are likely to charge you with a misdemeanor. These are the states where you can relax a bit.

You can think of a misdemeanor as a lesser charge. It’s not quite as severe in the eyes of the law as a more serious act. You might get jail time with a misdemeanor, but you would have to serve less time or have a lawyer work out a deal that gets you no jail time. 

In cases of felony, the consequences may be a bit more serious. A felony is an incredibly serious act and needs to be avoided. It often means that you’re looking at some serious jail time with little to no leeway.

Consequences of the Police Catching You with a Fake ID

It’s difficult to say for sure what the police will do when they catch you with a fake ID. Again, the answer depends on the situation. However, the most likely outcome is that your fake ID will be taken by the police and you will be charged with a crime. 

The actual result will be at the discretion of the officer. There’s a very slight chance that the officer lets you off with a warning. Don’t expect this to be the norm, though. 

Here are some possible consequences of getting caught by the police:

  • You get your ID confiscated
  • You’re charged with a misdemeanor or a felony
  • You’re let off with a warning
  • Your parents are called, but you don’t face any charges
Final Words

It’s impossible to accurately predict what the outcome will be when you get caught with a fake ID. Whenever you use a fake ID, you are taking a gamble and putting yourself at risk. The only thing you can do is to take as much care and caution as possible and hope for the best.