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Is it Worth Having a Fake ID in College?

Having a fake ID in college seems to have become the new norm. When we enter our first year of college, most of us are under the legal drinking age. Being underage seems like it can be socially restricting for college students that enjoy the nightlife/party scene. Most clubs and bars won’t allow anyone under twenty-one to enter. For this reason, many college students resort to buying a fake ID in order to gain access to alcohol and into clubs. Live Science conducted a study of nearly one-thousand college students, and it was determined that nearly two-thirds of the students owned a fake ID.

Although this seems like a victimless crime, being caught with a fake ID can create several repercussions. Many states are beginning to consider fake ID’s as serious a crime as identity theft. In Pennsylvania, being caught with a fake identification card can result in a three hundred dollar fine and up to ninety days in prison. It is considered a first-degree misdemeanor, which is deemed to be worse than a drug possession charges in some instances. However, in some states, fines are higher, and one may even be charged with a felony for the possession of a fake ID. 

Owning a fake ID can provide you with more freedom. However, it is essential to be aware of the consequences that one may face. Being caught with a fake ID can also affect your future. If you are convicted, the charge will most likely go onto your permanent record. This charge can haunt you for the rest of your life, as it can prevent you from securing a job. Now, is that watered-down drink at the club really worth risking your future? You may want to think twice.






Yanet Ocampo


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