By Staff Reports
(DGIwire) — For underage young adults who are finally away from home but still not old enough to buy alcohol at the liquor store or hot new club, using a fake ID might seem like a smart idea. However, it’s a dumb idea—because of the potentially life-threatening consequences of driving drunk or being in a car with someone who is. Also, there are legal consequences that many under-21s are not even aware of, but that can spring up to cloud their future.
Depending on the state, possessing a fake ID can result in serious legal implications. For example, the law can punish people for misrepresenting their identity in one of two ways. First, for using the fake ID to falsely identify themselves; and second, for tampering with or falsifying an actual ID card.
According to the LegalMatch.com, the penalties can run the gamut from a simple $500 misdemeanor in some states to criminal impersonation or forgery, both felonies punishable by up to a year and a half in state prison. If the ID is used to purchase a firearm, it is considered a felony in every state and can result in up to seven years in prison. Meanwhile, if someone has actually tampered with a genuine ID card, he could be charged with another crime, such as tampering with a public record or altering government documents, which in New York State is also punishable by a seven year prison term.
Even when they do know the legal consequences, teens often give in to peer pressure—which points up the urgent need for sophisticated deterrents such as those created by mobile technology developer Intellicheck Mobilisa. Its mobile app, aptly called barZapp™, is available in the Apple and Google app stores. With barZapp, any law enforcement official, liquor retailer, club or restaurant owner can instantly check a suspicious-looking ID to see if it is really legitimate or if the cardholder is underage. Another bonus is that barZapp seamlessly integrates with existing point-of-purchase software, so the inspection doesn’t keep a line of other patrons waiting.
Nelson Ludlow, President and Chief Executive Officer of Intellicheck Mobilisa, says, “Using fake IDs is increasingly being considered a serious crime in the eyes of the law. Unfortunately, a number of young people choose to ignore the law with an ‘I’ll never get caught’ attitude—until it’s too late. Our technology serves as a way to discourage life-threatening accidents and to protect teens from future legal consequences.”