Franklin Park Fake Identification Defense Attorneys
Criminal Defense Lawyer Serving Franklin Park Illinois
Many people with expired or revoked licenses use fake identifications to get back behind the wheel of a vehicle. Under age young people use fake IDs to buy and consume alcohol, often without any understanding of the seriousness of this offense. If you are charged with possessing a fake identification in Franklin Park, you need an experienced criminal defense attorney. At the law office of McPherson Harry & Associates, P.C. our criminal defense attorneys have successfully represented fake identification clients in Franklin Park and throughout the Chicago area.
Illinois Penalties for Fake Identification are Serious
Using false identification, whether a driver's license, passport, or other misleading official government issued document is a violation of the laws of Illinois and the federal government. It is not the harmless minor infraction many violators presume, especially young people under 21. Students arrested on or near campus for using a fake ID could face college disciplinary action and jeopardize their college status and college record. Other circumstances leading to criminal charges can occur:
- If found to have false driver's license or passport in your possession
- If stopped while driving a car with a fake drivers license
- If arrested for disturbing the peace at a party and found with fake ID
- If charged with under aged purchase and drinking of alcohol with a fake ID
- If gambling in a casino with a fake ID
- If allowing someone else to use your ID
- If using someone else's ID
- If getting social benefits on a fake ID
The use of fake ID's in Illinois is usually a felony, and can carries serious penalties that could result in a permanent criminal record. Obtaining a drivers license through false affidavit is punishable by 1-3 years in prison and a maximum $25,000 fine. Allowing another person to use your license, passport, state issues ID to apply for a driver's license or ID card is punishable by 1-3 years in prison and a maximum $25,000 fine. While punishments this stiff are not generally handed out, except in crimes such as serious forgery or getting public assistance on a fake ID, you don't want to take a chance at having a permanent criminal record.
Our attorneys at McPherson Harry & Associates, P.C. have successfully negotiated downgrades of fake ID charges, minimized penalties, and avoided criminal records for our clients. If you are charged with using fake identification or any other criminal offense in Franklin Park or the Chicago area, you need our experienced lawyers to handle your defense. Contact us for a free initial consultation. We have three convenient offices located in the Chicago area and handle cases in DuPage, Cook, Will, and Kane counties.