Mr. ROSDEITCHER: Well, there's a pattern to the numbers, to the ZIP codes, the way they're low in the East, high in the West, which makes it a lot easier. And I had a juggling act, and when I had the juggling show, I would go to different cities all over America. And on my way to these places, I would visit all these hundreds and hundreds of towns all over the country just because I was curious about them. So I had this in-depth knowledge of America that most people don't have.
Feeling FOMO because you can't join your friends at a bar isn't the worst thing that could happen if a bouncer spots your fake. But arrests don't happen all the time, of course, so we asked Sgt. Adrian Acevedo, a police officer in New Jersey, just how frequently they occur.
\"[Police] will actually arrest [you] for a felony, as ridiculous as that sounds,\" criminal defense attorney Kate Mesic told us. She's handled fake ID cases from both the prosecution and defense sides. \"Most people don't realize that, that it's actually a felony [in Florida]. Most of the kids think it's no big deal.\"
\"In Illinois [it can be a] class 4 felony for possession of a fraudulent ID,\" Davis explained. \"However, that is very rare [for] a kid getting into a bar. [Police] usually don't take that aggressive of an action, but they can.\"
\"When [a fake ID is used] for the sole purpose of obtaining tobacco or booze, we understand that you're not doing it because you want to commit some bigger crime,\" Acevedo told us. \"Usually first-time offense people don't get jail time, but you can be put on probation [or] lose your driver's license for up to two years [in New Jersey].\"
If you don't have an older friend or sibling whom you can mooch a real ID off of, the process of finding or buying a fake is sketchy at best. Online manufacturers ask you for personal information, and giving out your real name, address, date of birth or social security number to a stranger across the world means someone could steal your identity IRL.
Moral of the story Fakes aren't as casual as your friends and even the media play them off to be. They come with big risks and even bigger legal consequences if you're caught. Know your state's specific laws governing the use of fake IDs. You might need that info someday -- though we hope you don't. 59ce067264