Identity Theft Charges
Identity theft is a subject that receives a lot of attention within the
United States due to the frequency with which it occurs and the rights
violations involved in the crime. For this reason, law enforcement agencies
are channeling extensive resources into investigating and making arrests
for such acts. When prosecuted, these crimes are most often treated very
aggressively, with heavy penalties inflicted.
Identity theft is any act involving the use of another's personal information
in order to commit fraud, usually as a means of obtaining money or some
other item of value. The type of private information used may include
details such as the victim's name, birth date, social security number,
bank account details,
credit card number or driver's license number. If you have been charged with identity
theft, contact a
criminal defense attorney right away.
Potential Penalties & Your Defense
Identity Theft is a
federal offense. It is thus prosecuted under federal law and can result in a penalty of
up to 25 years in prison as well as large monetary fines. At Martinian
& Associates, we will act aggressively and relentlessly in endeavoring
to protect you from such consequences.
Identity theft can be committed in many ways, including the following:
- Using another's personal information to conduct transactions for illegal
- Knowingly possessing a stolen or false form of identification
- Using another person's information in an attempt to commit a crime
The experience of our firm in handling the details of such cases means
we may well be able to have charges dismissed or reduced. We can also
defend you in court to potentially obtain an acquittal.