Use of a fake I.D. or even mere possession of a fake ID is charged as "certain acts prohibited" or "misrepresentation" in Ohio. Either of those charges is a first-degree misdemeanor, subject to a maximum penalty of 180 days in jail and a $1,000 fine. A conviction on fake I.D. charges will also result in a lifetime criminal record, which for most people is a far more serious consequence.
If you face fake I.D. charges in Ohio, our lawyers are proud to offer you a free initial consultation to discuss your case and your options. Our law office is located in Oxford, across the street from the Butler County Courthouse.
Most of the people who face fake I.D. charges in Oxford are Miami University students who use false driver's licenses at a bar. While many parents are tempted to let their children "face the music," doing so could have unintended consequences for your child's future.
If your child is convicted of using a fake I.D., any employer or graduate school doing a background check on your child would see the conviction and could treat your child differently as a result.
Using a fake I.D. is a code violation for students at Miami University. Even if you are not convicted of the charges, you may face a hearing before the Office of Ethics and Student Conflict Resolution. For more information about this hearing, see Miami University discipline and code violations.
Even if you are guilty of possessing a fake I.D., a plea bargain or pretrial diversion program may enable you to avoid a criminal conviction. If your case is resolved without a conviction, our Warren, Butler & Hamilton County fake ID lawyers may be able to seal your arrest record so there will not be a public record of your arrest.
You don't have to be intimidated by the legal process. However, you do need to take your case seriously.
Our law office is in Oxford, Ohio, across the street from the Butler County Area 1 County Court.