LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) – Fake IDs are everywhere on college campuses, but their prevalence isn’t indicative of their legality.

As local attorney Bryan Waldman explains, getting caught with a fake ID can have serious consequences.

“It’s a misdemeanor that comes with jail time of up to 12 months and a fine of up to $2,000. And beyond that, it’s simply having a fake ID in someone’s possession, not even using it, but just having it in your possession is a serious crime,” said Waldman.

“If you think about what goes into getting a fake ID, that could lead to even more serious crimes or more serious charges because at its core to get a fake ID, there needs to be something involved that the altering of a government document, forging of a government document, or in some cases maybe even identity theft, to obtain that ID that someone intends to use simply to get some alcohol.”

To see Waldman’s full breakdown, check out the video player above.