When a person has been convicted of a DUI and their license has been suspended for one year, it can cause a lot of chaos in their life. Depending on the nature of the incident, they may be able to obtain a restricted license, but a restricted license does not allow a person to go where ever they want to go. Some people resort to the illegal option of obtaining a fraudulent driver’s license. When you hear about fake IDs your first thought might be about teenagers using them to buy alcohol. It might seem like an innocuous offense, but in Tennessee, there are serious penalties if you get caught using a fake ID.
Fraudulent driver’s licenses are plentiful and easily available online. A story on WMCActionNews.com reported that false IDs are becoming increasingly accurate complete with holograms on the front and barcodes on the back. Many of these false IDs are scannable. Bar owners have a handheld tool that they can use to scan a driver’s license and it bring up the person’s age.
Fraudulent driver’s licenses pose serious risks to other drivers
When a driver has a fraudulent license, they are most likely also uninsured. An uninsured, unlicensed driver could be a menace on the road. If you get involved in a car accident with an uninsured motorist, you could be left holding the bag unless you have uninsured motorist coverage.
Penalties for using a fraudulent driver’s license
In Tennessee, using a fake ID is a misdemeanor with a maximum penalty of 11 months and 29 days in jail, suspension of your driving privileges for one year and fines of up to $200 or up to 30 days in jail.
You might be thinking that having and using a fake driver’s license is inconsequential, but if your license has been suspended because of a DUI conviction, you have just piled more legal problems on to your current challenges. Using a fraudulent driver’s license, you face serious penalties, an enhanced criminal record which will impact your life into the future. A Franklin DUI lawyer from our firm is always ready to protect your rights and guide you through the criminal justice system.
At the Law Offices of Adrian H. Altshuler & Associates, our Franklin DUI defense lawyers are here to get your criminal charges dismissed. We are ready to defend you today. For experienced criminal defense help, please call us at 615-977-9370 or use our contact form to make an appointment. We fight for defendants in Franklin, Columbia, Brentwood, and throughout Tennessee. We can help you.