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Law enforcement talks about fake IDs in North Carolina

Technology has provided students with a world of benefit in pursing resources for education. High school and college students in North Carolina have the world at their fingertips. But the advances in technology have law enforcement on the alert for the availability of fake IDs. Possession of a fake id is a crime in North Carolina.

With the end of the school year and events associated with the seasonal change, law enforcement has heightened concerns. Chief Mike Crawley with the Mecklenburg County Alcoholic Beverage Control Board says when an individual has an altered driver's license or an ID purchased somewhere with an individual's picture on it, "you're intention is to do something illegal." Any seasoned Greenville defense attorney knows that possession of a fake ID itself can lead to charges.

Being cited for possession of a fake ID,--like any underage alcohol offense-- can lead to not only charges, but a permanent criminal record if convicted. The offenses are considered crimes under North Carolina law. Many websites and other purveyors of fake IDs include disclaimers in the sales pitch to indicate the IDs are for novelty use only.

The disclaimer does nothing to help the buyer. In addition to the potential for a criminal record, a person could possibly lose their actual driver's license for up to a year.

North Carolina issues what is known as a vertical driver's license for any person under the age of 21. The intent is to make it more difficult for people who are underage to obtain alcohol. North Carolina driver's licenses are also embedded with a hologram to make it more difficult to duplicate with today's technology. Crawley says many individuals try to get around the difficulties in reproducing fake IDs in the state by getting fake IDs from other states.

When charged with an underage alcohol offense, or a charge related to a fake ID, an experienced Greenville defense attorney can help to analyze a specific situation and answer questions regarding the potential consequences of the charges.

Source: WBTV, "Fake IDs offered to teens online," Jamie Boll 18 May 2011

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