Fake IDs can get you into trouble in North Carolina and lead to a loss of your drivers license
A fake ID can be its own charge or it can lead to alcohol related charges for many in North Carolina. Often an underage person’s use of fraudulent/fake identification can lead to charges that are purely alcohol-related, such as the unlawful purchase or consumption of alcohol by an underage person. But other criminal charges may stem directly from the use of a fake ID in North Carolina.
North Carolina G.S. 18B-302(e) makes it a Class 1 misdemeanor to use fraudulent identification to do any of the following:
(1) enter or attempt to enter a place where alcoholic beverages are sold or consumed,
(2) obtain or attempt to obtain alcoholic beverages, or
(3) to obtain or attempt to obtain permission to purchase alcoholic beverages.
A conviction under G.S. 18B-302(e) triggers a mandatory one-year revocation of the person’s driver’s license.
In addition, North Carolina G.S. 20-30(3) makes it a Class 2 misdemeanor to display or represent as one’s own a driver’s license not issued to the person displaying it. DMV may suspend a person’s driver’s license for up to one year for a conviction of this offense.
A person who provides fraudulent identification for another person’s use also could face criminal charges in North Carolina. A person who allows someone else to use a driver’s license or other identification that was issued or given to that person violates G.S. 18B-302(f) if the person who is allowed to use the license or identification violates or attempts to violate the law barring the purchase, possession or consumption of alcohol by someone under 21 years of age. A violation of G.S. 18B-302(f) is a Class 1 misdemeanor that also triggers a mandatory revocation of the offender’s driver’s license for one year.
And G.S. 20-30(2) makes it a Class 2 misdemeanor to counterfeit, sell, lend to, or knowingly permit the use of a driver’s license by a person not entitled to its use. DMV may suspend a person’s license for up to one year for conviction of this offense.
Those who sell fake identification face more serious consequences. The sale of a simulated driver’s license is a Class I felony. G.S. 20-30(7).
If you are charged with having a fake ID contact The Law Offices of Wiley Nickel, PLLC. We are located in Cary, NC and handle cases in Wake County. You can reach our criminal defense lawyers at 919-585-1486 for a free consultation.