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fake ID cards, fake ID penalties, fake ID use, fake IDs, McHenry County criminal defense attorneyFake IDs have become more and more of a problem for police and bartenders in Illinois in recent years. There is a burgeoning overseas industry that provides sophisticated fake ID cards to underage students over the Internet. These IDs, which can cost as much as $100, include duplicates of sophisticated security measures like printed holograms and black light markings. In order to combat this problem, the Illinois Secretary of State is launching a new campaign targeted at underage fake ID users. The campaign is designed to highlight the severity of using a fake IDs and the high penalties that can come along with it because most people using fake IDs do not realize that using a fake ID comes with much stiffer punishments than mere underage drinking.

Fake ID Penalties

In Illinois, the use of a fake ID is considered a Class 4 Felony. The exact punishments depend upon the judge's discretion, but they can include a prison sentence of between one and three years. Additionally, violators can face a fine of up to $25,000. Courts also have the ability to assign community service and suspend driver's licenses for the use of fake IDs. Teens are often surprised by the severity of these punishments, which largely exist to deter criminals from using fake IDs in more serious crimes and to combat terrorism. However, limitations on sentencing discretion can mean that youths using the IDs to buy alcohol can still receive these high sentences.

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