In Arizona, identity theft is a crime that has seen an increase in recent years, which has a lot to do with the advancements of technology and the transmission of financial information over the Internet. There are also individuals in possession of devices called skimmers that will scan a person’s credit card or debit card to get information. Others will do simple acts, such as steal mail, checks, and other documents with identifying information on them.
Regardless of how identities are stolen, there are times when accusations of identity theft have no merit and this is because false accusations can be made and they are made quite often. Even if the claim is a legitimate one, you deserve to work with a Glendale federal criminal lawyer who is highly experienced in such matters so you can possibly move on after case dismissal or reduced charges so that the penalties are not as harsh.
Effectively Challenging Identity Theft Accusations
Identity theft is defined as the using of someone else’s identity without their permission for some kind of financial or material gain. Millions of individuals have been victimized like this in the United States every year. The following are ways in which people obtain the information of others:
- Credit and debit card PIN numbers
- Birth certificates
- Social security numbers and cards
- Driver’s license numbers
- Credit or check card numbers
- Internet login details
When any of this information is acquired by an identity thief, they can use it to open fake accounts in a person’s name, obtain utility services, or even create counterfeit cards and checks. Creating counterfeit financial instruments can result in financial fraud charges.
Aggressive & Dedicated Arizona Criminal Defense
When facing the charges, it requires the help of an experienced Glendale identity theft attorney to get the best results. The consequences may not seem as severe as they could be considering this is a charge that can be tried at both the state and federal levels, but there are lifelong consequences. In addition to receiving years in prison, an individual may experience difficulty finding a job, the inability to keep the job they already have, and/or difficulty finding a place to live. There are certain professions that will not allow a person who has been convicted of a felony, especially one that may involve financial fraud, to work within the field. It can also be difficult acquiring a job that involves the handling of money. This is why your attorney will work very hard for you to get the results that you need to move forward.
Contact A Glendale Federal Criminal Attorney
Identity theft is a very serious crime in that it can be prosecuted at both the state and federal levels. If you are accused of identity theft, you want to work with an attorney who knows both state and federal law and who will focus on achieving the best result for you. Despite innocence or guilt, you have rights and options and you need to know what those are so you can make informed decisions in your case. To learn more, call Myles A. Schneider & Associates, LTD at 602-928-7373 for a free consultation.