Across the State of Illinois, it is often a crime to possess or use a fraudulent ID card, which is also referred to as a “fake ID.” In more recent times, the General Assembly created a new law that prohibits any person from obstructing identification. Although these offenses might seem similar, they are actually completely separate crimes.
How Does Illinois Define and Punish Obstructing Identification?
The Illinois laws against obstructing identification appear at 720 ILCS 5/31-4.5. Under this section, it is unlawful to intentionally or knowingly supply a false or fictitious name, address, or birthdate to a police officer who has:
Arrested the person in question lawfully;
Detained the person in question lawfully; or
Requested information from a person, when there is good cause to believe that the person witnessed a crime.
A violation of Section 31-4.5 is normally charged as a Class A misdemeanor. If [...]