Purchasing alcohol can be tricky, especially if you are not of the legal drinking age. The law is very clear about this: “It is unlawful to sell or deliver alcoholic beverages to a person under 21 years old.” If you find yourself in such a situation and have been caught by a police officer with an ID that says you are over 21 but looks like it was forged, what should you do? The first step is to check your identification.
If it’s not actually fake and belongs to someone else then try explaining that to the police officer. If they don’t believe you then ask for their name and badge number before ending communication with them. This will ensure there won’t be any more communication between yourself and the office which could lead to them trying to give you a ticket.
If your identification does belong to someone else, and the police have already noticed this then you can try explaining that it is not actually yours. This may be difficult because they will still know where the ID came from so it’s best if there are other reasons why you shouldn’t get arrested for fraud (i.e. no criminal record).
If all else fails, don’t resist arrest – just cooperate with everything they say even though they’re wrong! Purchasing alcohol can be tricky when one is not of legal age- but as long as you keep calm and tell the truth about what happened then hopefully nothing too bad will happen.