When choosing a fake ID, you have two possible choices: you can go to jail or get a ticket. Here we explain two scenarios of how law enforcement can handle a counterfeit ID when looking at the lives of two freshmen students. First, we have Preemptive Pat and Reactive Don.
Reactive Dons Life
Reactive Don has recently graduated from high school and has only registered in the last summer orientation. His singular goal is to only register for classes. However, he heard some friends discussing how fun it is to visit 6th Street.
Hearing the discussion, he asked them, “Do you not need to be older than 21?” Of course, the reply was yes, but you can get inside using a fake. The best part is getting a group discount when using ID God when ordering with friends.
Preemptive Pat Life
Preemtive Pat met Reactive Don at orientation. A few weeks later, she texts him and tells him that she and her friends will buy fake IDs from ID God. She asked Don if he would be interested in joining in with them. Of course, Don does not want to miss out on the fun and went along with the plan.
Pat asks Don what name Don wants to use on his ID card, and Don starts thinking to himself. Okay, if I use a fake ID, I am doing something illegal already, so perhaps I should use another name. Just in case my ID gets lost, and the law enforcement finds it. Then they will not be able to trace it back to me, and I will get arrested.
Don Goes With the Fake Name
Don chooses a fake name, “Carl Doidge.” Don thinks it is pretty funny as Carl Doidge is the president of the UT. A day before he moves into the form, the group IDs arrive. That same night, Pat invites Don to go with them to 6th Street for a night of fun.
Things got wild as there were people everywhere with music booming out of the different clubs. The group of friends first visit London Beat. Don stood in line, and it seemed like they waited for hours. The bar is moving slow as people keep cutting in front of the line.
Next is Dons’ turn, and he hands his fake ID to the bouncer. The stickler looks at his ID and back at him again. The bouncer looks at the card again and asks for his address. Yip, as you guessed, Don did not take the time to learn all the information on his card and stars to stumble.
The stickler hands his identification to an disguised police officer standing there. The officer pulls Don aside and tells him that he will confiscate the fake ID. He then asks Don for his real driver’s license. Don now knows he is in trouble and fumbles through his wallet to hand his ID to the officer.
The officer tells Don he will write him a Citation and Release him for using Identity Fraud. So, what does this mean? The officer chose to write a citation instead of taking Don to jail. Still, the citation requests that Don needs to go and turn himself in at the prison.
ID Fraud is a Class A Misdemeanor
What it means is that you can go to jail for a year or will need to pay a $4,000 fine. If the judge convicts Don, he will never get a job that needs his license as proof, like a doctor, lawyer, teacher, etc. Furthermore, the police will take a mugshot, and the Statesman will also publish Dons’ mugshot. So even if you used a real ID from your older brother, Don could still get into trouble. So, as you can see, using a fake name can get you a ticket to jail.
Pat Goes With Her Real Name
As pat stands behind Don, before she sees what is going on, she has handed her fake ID to the bouncer. Unfortunately, it is way too late, and she is called aside by an undercover cop. The police officer also tells her that he will confiscate the fake ID. She is also asked for her actual driver’s license.
Pat also thumbs through her purse and hands over her license. The fake ID and her real one have the same name, Preemptive Pat. The officer tells her he will write her a ticket for Misrepresentation of Age by a Minor.
What Does It Mean for Pat Compared to Don
Misrepresentation of Age by a Minor is only a Class C Crime and is similar to getting a speeding ticket. She will need to pay a fine of $500. Pat does not need to go to jail or have a record or mugshot taken.
The Story of Don and Pat Continues
Don is always getting into trouble with his parents, and they always tell him if you only tell the truth, he will be at less risk. So with this strategy, he plans to tell the truth to the judge and hopefully get into less trouble.
On the day of the court date, Don nearly does not make it on time and finds himself standing in the courtroom where his case is assigned. He sits and waits patiently for his name to be called. Finally, his name is called, and Don stands before the judge.
The judge asks Don whether he wants to plead guilty or not guilty. Don hears his parents’ voices telling him to tell the truth. Don starts by telling the judge that he pleads guilty. The judge then requests if he is capable enough to make an appeal. Don replies yes, and he is sentenced to a year of probation.
Don also needs to pay a $2000 fine and do 40 hours of community service. Then, as the next semester arrives, Don applies again for a summer internship at his mom’s company. Still, there is that one question on the application form looking at him.
The question reads, have you ever been convicted with a criminal offense. Don marks yes and hopes the company will look past it and take his mother’s recommendation into account. Well, Don never got to do the interview.
What Happened to Pat
Pat only got a fine of $500, but she read that if she did pay the fine, it would result in a criminal conviction, and getting a chance at a job became scarce. So, Pat decides to get a lawyer to handle the fine to not ruin her future.
The lawyer’s goal is to get that ticket dismissed and expunged, so Pat does not need to worry about it. So on the first court date, the lawyer negotiates for a dismissal. The prosecutor agrees to the disposition, a special deal given to people like Pat, who has a bright future ahead of her.
As the lawyer deals with the prosecutor weekly, they offer Pat a better deal. All that Pat needs to do to get her ticket dismissed is take a four-hour alcohol awareness class and do 12-hours of community service. Pat also needs to pay $175 in court without pleading guilty or getting a conviction on her record.
Pat applied for a summer internship the next school semester, similar to Don. Again, the same question that Don faced came up. Off course, she marked no, and she had an interview lined up for the following week to secure her internship.
Wrapping it Up
So, should you use a fake name or your real name on your fake ID? Reading the story, you decide who you will be in college. Are you going to be Preemptive Pat or Reactive Don. Finding a fake ID is accessible online the critical thing is to decide which of the two you want to be without getting in too much trouble.