There’s big business in the production of fake IDs. However, there are also hefty consequences for using one. The penalties for using a fake ID in Pennsylvania can be severe. Getting caught using a false or altered ID can result in fines, jail time, or a misdemeanor on your permanent record. So what happens if you get caught with a fake id?


What’s Considered Use of a Fake ID?

Having a fake ID is often considered a right of passage or a “victimless crime” and, as such, isn’t given a lot of credit by those committing the crime. It may seem like a harmless act but can create a lot of trouble when something comes up. 

Using a fake ID can include something as simple as using an older sibling’s ID to get into the bar while visiting friends at college. More often, fake IDs are used to buy and transport alcohol or tobacco products to those unable to purchase on their own. One of the worst ways to use a fake ID is to present it to a law enforcement officer. 


Penalties for Using a Fake ID in PA


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Carrying a fake ID in PA is considered a “summary offense.” This type of offense can carry a fine of up to $300 and up to 90 days in jail. Jail time can be avoided for summary offenses, but if this isn’t your first offense, you will likely go to jail. If this is the first offense, you’ll often have an opportunity to do community service or similar self-improvement projects instead. 


Using Fake ID for Alcohol or Tobacco Products

The legal age of consumption and possession for alcohol and tobacco is 21. If you are trying to bypass this age requirement with (or without) a fake ID, you can expect steep fines and parental notification. 

The minimum fine for the purchase and consumption of alcohol and tobacco by a minor is $500. Then it’s $1000 for each subsequent incident. These charges are increased if you’re suspected of distributing these items to other people under the legal consumption age. 


False Representation of Identity to Law Enforcement

If an officer asks for your ID, you are required by law to present a valid form of identification. What happens if you get caught with a fake id? If you choose to present a false ID, you will be charged with a third-degree misdemeanor. That can carry six months to a year in jail and up to a $2500 fine for the first offense. 


Arrest and Bail Bonds

If you are arrested for use or possession of a false ID, you aren’t out of options. To see jail time for this offense, you’re likely not a first time offender. Therefore, the community service and self-improvement projects are probably off the table.  

Szar Bail Bonds is here to help get you out from behind bars while awaiting court proceedings. Between Szar Bail Bonds and your lawyer, you’ll get on the right path to freedom.