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What happens if your child gets caught with a fake ID?

When young people go to college, many experiment with alcohol or marijuana. For underage students, getting a fake ID can seem like no big deal and an easy way to obtain alcohol or pot. However, getting caught with a fake ID can have serious consequences in Colorado.

A fake ID can have a variety of penalties

At the municipal level, someone caught with a fake ID faces possible fines up to $1,000 or up to 90 days in jail. Under state law, minors face fines up to $1,000 and jail time up to a year. Using a fake ID can also be charged as felony with even more serious life-long consequences.

A fake ID used to purchase alcohol or marijuana may also lead to minor in possession charges. The minor will then have to pay fines, attend an alcohol assessment program or complete community service. Minors can also lose their driver’s licenses for up to three months.

Most first-time offenders do not go to jail. However, they face a long list of potential penalties.

The university will likely discipline the offender

A University of Colorado student also faces punishment from the university. The offending student is referred to the Office of Student Conduct. Punishments include probation, possible suspension or expulsion from the university.

If your son or daughter was caught with a fake ID, protecting your child’s future will be your first concern. An experienced criminal defense attorney can represent your child against criminal charges and at university disciplinary hearings. An attorney will fight to get your son or daughter the best outcome and could help keep him or her enrolled in school.

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