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In New Jersey, it is unlawful to possess, display, and/or sell a fake ID. Young adults who attempt to purchase alcohol or gain access to bars with a fake ID, are risking being charged with a criminal matter.
There are different charges associated with fake IDs, each of these are punishable by jail time and a criminal record that could potentially ruin a juvenile's future.
Displaying a False Document:
he law refers to a “fake ID” of any kind as a “false document” or Identity Theft.
Under, N.J.S.A. 2C:21-2.1(c): it is unlawful to “exhibit, display, or utter” any document or writing that falsely represents a driver’s license, birth certificate, or other official document that can be used to misrepresent your age or other personal information used for identification.
Essentially, this law makes it a crime to use a fake ID for the purpose of misrepresenting your age or other personal information.
Displaying a false document is a third degree crime. If you are found guilty, you can face up to 5 years in jail and a fine of up to $15,000.
However, it is crucial to understand that this harsh penalty is not usually applicable in the juvenile context.
Possessing a False Document:
N.J.S.A. 2C:21-2.1(d) makes it a crime to possess any document or writing that falsely represent a driver’s license, birth certificate, or other official document that can be used to misrepresent your age or other personal information used for identification.
Put simply, this means it is a crime to have a fake ID in your possession. Just having it on you is a crime.
Possessing a fake ID is a fourth degree crime inNew Jersey. If convicted, you could face up to 18 months in prison and a fine of up to $10,000.
Again, however, this strict law is not applicable if you are a juvenile simply trying to purchase alcohol or tobacco.
**Nevertheless, if you are a juvenile and convicted of either possessing or displaying a fake ID, your driver’s license will be suspended for no less than 6 months but no more than 2 years (in addition to the penalties explained in the section below). According to N.J.S.A. 2C:21-2.1(e), if you are not yet old enough to drive (e.g. you are 16), this suspension will begin on the day you are eligible to start driving (i.e. your 17th birthday).**
Juvenile's with Fake IDs:
When a juvenile possesses or displays a fake ID, they most likely will be charged with a disorderly persons offense.
The state of New Jersey typically finds it much worse for adults to use or possess fake IDs for an unlawful objective, such as misrepresentation, commercial fraud, etc., than a youth who lies for the purpose of access to alcohol or cigarettes.
Therefore, when a juvenile is convicted of possessing or displaying a fake ID, they will most likely only face a maximum fine of up to $1,000, 6 months in prison, and a mandatory suspension of their driver's license.
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