Arizona Identity Theft Lawyer
In Arizona, identity theft is a crime that has been on the rise for quite some time and this has much to do with the fact that the use of the Internet and the supplying of financial information over the Internet is on the rise. Then again, there are individuals that use devices as skimmers and who will do something as simple as steal mail, checks, and other identifying information in order to assume someone’s identity in some way.
Nonetheless, accusations of identity theft do not always have a great deal of merit and this is because false accusations occur. Even if the claim is legitimate, the defendant deserves the best possible criminal defense to reduce the charges or even have them dismissed. This is what Myles A. Schneider can dedicate his time, his experience, and his knowledge to for you. We represent persons throughout Arizona including Phoenix, Scottsdale, Glendale, Mesa and more.
What Is Identity Theft?
Identity theft is the act of using another person’s personal information without their permission in order to commit a crime. Millions of individuals experience some form of identity theft in the United States every year due to the theft of the following documents or information:
- Birth certificates
- Debt and credit card PIN numbers
- Social Security numbers
- Driver’s license information
- Check card or credit card numbers
- Internet login information
Once any of this information is obtained, it can be used to create phony accounts in a person’s name, to obtain utility services, to create counterfeit checks or commit another form of financial fraud, to acquire a fraudulent ID or government benefits, or to rent a home or get a job. The list can go on and on.
If an individual is convicted of identity theft, the penalties can involve 2 ½ years in prison. Charges of trafficking in the identity of another and aggravated identity theft are also possible charges with trafficking in the identity of another being a Class 2 felony that has a prison term of up to 5 years and aggravated identity theft being a Class 3 felony with a prison term of up to 3 ½ years.
The goal is for your Phoenix identity theft attorney to fight for you to the point the charges are dropped due to weak evidence or reduced so that you do not have to pay the maximum penalties. Myles A. Schneider & Associates will investigate every aspect of the case so that the truth can come out. Many times, charges are simply exaggerated, so how much you were truly involved or uninvolved needs to be shown so you can get on with your life.
Contact An Arizona Identity Theft Attorney
If you have been accused of identity theft, you need an experienced attorney by your side to ensure the best possible result in your case. Myles A. Schneider has the experience at both the state and the federal level to defend such cases and the success record to prove it. To find out more about how you can receive the representation that you deserve, call 602-926-7373 to schedule a free consultation.