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Fake ID's and Driving under the Influence in Illinois

Posted on in DUI Defense

Illinois defense attorneyCommon sense says that it is illegal to use a fraudulent state ID card or driver’s license, or what many people jokingly call a “Fake ID” or a “fakie.” An evening social gathering or a night of drinking at the local bar can be a fun way to spend time with family and friends. However, if a person is caught sneaking into a bar or restaurant with a fake ID, some very serious repercussions may follow.

What Can Happen If Caught with a Fake ID?

If a person is caught using a fake ID, then he or she may lose driving privileges for up to one year. However, trying to obtain a fake ID or driver’s license, allowing another person to use your ID, posing as one’s own ID or driver’s license issued to another person, and allowing unlawful use of a driver’s license or ID will count toward a Class A misdemeanor, with punishment of one year in jail and fines of up to $2,500. Any following offense will count toward a Class 4 felony.

Helping another person obtain a fake ID or driver’s license, issuing a fake ID or driver’s license, creating a fake ID, and holding a driver’s license-making implement will count toward a Class 4 felony, with one to three years’ imprisonment and fines of up to $25,000. Any following offense will count toward a Class 3 felony.

Zero Tolerance, Fake ID’s, and Underage Drinking

In Illinois, it is illegal for anyone under the age of 21 to drink alcohol. In fact, he or she could lose driving privileges if a blood alcohol content (BAC) of 0.0 or above is present. The legal BAC limit is 0.08 for people 21 years old and older. However, anyone younger than 21 could lose driving privileges for three months, or six months if alcohol testing is refused. The second offense will include a suspension of driving privileges of up to one year, or two years with refusal of alcohol testing.

Contact an Oakbrook Terrace DUI Defense Attorney

Unfortunately, an evening of intended fun can turn into a night behind bars. If you or a loved one has been charged with a DUI, you do not have to fight this battle alone. At McMahon Law Offices, we know the law and are ready to assist you with your DUI defense matters. Attorney Michael F. McMahon has over 25 years of experience in the DUI defense practice, and he has won thousands of cases. He can help you win your case, too. Call an experienced DuPage County DUI defense attorney at 630-953-4400 for a free initial consultation.

 

Sources:

https://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/publications/pdf_publications/dsd_a118.pdf

https://www.illinois.gov/ilcc/All%20documents%20site%20wide/Education/Under%2021/Materials/MinorFakeIdEnglish.pdf

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