You May Face Federal Charges and Penalties
Identity theft is often charged along with other offenses such as check forgery, credit card fraud, cyber crimes, mail and wire fraud, and counterfeiting. Because you can face separate penalties for each offense, it is critical that you work with an experienced attorney early in the case.
Depending on the specifics of your case, conviction for identity theft can include a fine and a multi-year prison sentence. Your attorney must have experience with fraud, financial crimes and cyber crime cases at the state and federal levels. Attorney Jed Silverman has more than 10 years of experience defending people charged with such crimes. For a free consultation with a Houston identity theft lawyer, please call (713) 226-8800 or contact us online.
Charges Often Associated With Identity Theft
Identity theft cases may be aggressively prosecuted by state and federal law enforcement agencies. If the case includes charges of counterfeiting or forgery of identification documents, the FBI, Secret Service and Department of Homeland Security may be involved in the investigation. These agencies have nearly limitless resources at their disposal. You need an attorney who knows how to counteract their tactics.
Using the Internet for criminal transmission of images or content is considered wire fraud, which is a federal crime. Identity theft offenses will likely include federal charges when they involve wire fraud and cyber crimes such as phishing, hacking, fraudulent e-mails and fraudulent websites.
Credit card fraud and check fraud charges often include identity theft as well. Individuals who use other people's Medicare or Medicaid cards may also be charged with identity theft in addition to fraud.
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