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Minor in Possession of a Fake ID


One of the most common arrests at a music festival like Coachella, Stagecoach or Desert Trip is Minor in Possession of a Fake ID (Business and Professions Code [BP] 25661) To get a wristband, a person has to show their identification card.  Once they have a wristband, he or she still has to show an id upon entering the beer garden.  Empire Polo Grounds employees are trained vigorously by Indio Police, DEA agents and others on how to spot a fake ID or an ID that does not belong to that person.  Further, undercover cops are stationed at both the wristband station and the beer garden entrance.  If there was a questionable ID card, a venue employee would hand the ID to the undercover cop who would question the person.  If the cops found the ID to be fake, they would then ask the person if they had any contraband on them.  Under the guise of “checking for contraband relating to underage drinking” the cop would violate the person’s 4th Amendment rights by searching their person or belongings.

For a violation of minor in possession of a fake ID (Business and Professions Code 25661), the minor faces community service of 24-32 hours or fines of $250 plus court costs and fees.  In addition, the minor in possession of a fake ID faces losing their driver’s license for one year.  If he or she does not yet have a license, the suspension will take place upon application for the license.


Even if the minor in possession of a fake ID charge is reduced to an infraction from a misdemeanor, there will still be a loss of license for one year.


In addition to the court and DMV penalties, a conviction of a misdemeanor has the very real possibility of affecting your future.  All criminal convictions show up on background checks, meaning you will always be haunted by a youthful indiscretion.  Colleges and employers will always see the criminal conviction on your record.


Contact the Law Office of Stephanie M. Arrache if you or a loved one have been arrested for minor in possession of a fake ID.