The main difference between an MIP charge, and a Fake ID charge comes down to the ability to keep it off of your record. In Michigan, there is a built in way to have an MIP off your record or dismissed at a later date, but this does NOT exist for the Fake ID charge. This is also a crime that is very easy to prove by the prosecutor, as it is in your wallet or you offer it to a bouncer or police officer as your identification.
There is not much of a defense to it being in your wallet, or you handing it over. Many of my clients are drunk or not thinking correctly, and when the police ask to see some ID, they actually pull out the fake ID by mistake or open their wallet to show the police the contents of the wallet, and the cop sees multiple ID's. This causes major issues in terms of having a defense to having the ID.
It also doesn't matter if it’s an ID that would be otherwise valid (it's actually someone's real ID, but not yours) or it's a totally manufactured "fake" ID that has your real picture, but the ID itself is not valid. I have a strong track record of keeping this Fake ID charge off my client's record along with the original MIP. It certainly takes a very proactive plan in order to put ourselves in a position to achieve that result, but it is very possible.
Like MIP charges, my clients begin volunteer work immediately. My clients need to overcome the perception that they are going to simply get another fake ID, and try the same thing again. Why should my client get a second chance? If we can highlight who you’ve been in the past, what you’re doing in the present (being proactive), and where you’re going in the future (a great career where you can’t have a misdemeanor), you will earn a second chance.
Fake ID Ticket Ann Arbor 15th District Court Washtenaw County - Scorekeepers, Ricks, University of Michigan