Identity theft is taken very seriously in Arizona, as it is a crime that has been growing for quite a while, especially since the Internet age has come to be. The crime is easier for some to commit because of financial information being transmitted over the Internet. There are also some identity thieves that use what are called “skimmers” to scan the credit and debit cards of individuals whose card numbers they wish to obtain for their own personal gain.
Nonetheless, there are times when accusations of identity theft can occur when the act didn’t occur at all. False accusations happen all of the time. Even when a claim is legitimate, a person deserves the best possible defense from a Scottsdale federal criminal attorney so that the best result can be obtained.
Helping You Understand The Charges Against You
It is important to understand the charges against you, as they can be tried at the state and federal levels, resulting in extensive prison time and other penalties. If you are accused of identity theft, you are being accused of using another person’s personal information without their permission in order to commit a criminal act. There are different ways in which personal information can be obtained, such as through:
- Birth certificates
- Drivers’ licenses
- Credit and debit card PIN numbers
- Social security cards
- Check or credit card numbers
- Login information for online accounts
Once these bits of information are obtained, it can be used to create fake accounts in a person’s name or used to open utility accounts. It can also be used to create counterfeit financial instruments in order to commit financial fraud.
Working Hard To Avoid The Consequences
The goal of your Scottsdale identity theft lawyer is to help you avoid as many of the consequences as possible. Even if conviction is unavoidable, the maximum sentence is. There may be evidence or other facts in your case that warrants the charges being reduced so that the penalties are reduced. This means you will be able to move on with your life sooner, putting the case behind you.
There are times when your attorney is able to fight for you to the point the charges are dropped because of weak evidence. If there is any reasonable doubt in the matter, then a jury cannot convict in a trial. Many times, the truth simply comes out and the conclusion becomes one much better than having to pay the maximum penalties.
Contact A Scottsdale Federal Criminal Attorney
If you have been accused of identity theft, you are most likely wondering what happens next. With a qualified attorney by your side, you can receive a much better result. You are also informed of your rights and options so you can make informed decisions in your case. To learn more about what Myles A. Schneider & Associates, LTD can do for you, call today at 602-928-7373 for a free consultation.