As online transactions become more prevalent, the legal implications become more intricate and the cybercrimes more complex. Identity theft is more prevalent than ever and now encompasses many different criminal acts. If you have been charged with identity theft or fraud, you may be both anxious and confused about what the penalties are, as well as wondering if you are going to be charged with a serious federal crime.
Identity theft can result in misdemeanor or felony charges. You may be charged with state crimes such as impersonating another, forgery or fraud. You can also be Federal Crimes such as wire fraud, assuming the identity of another to obtain a loan or hacking into a computer system to drain a bank account.
Information illegally obtained could include the following:
- Name and birthdate
- Social Security number or driver’s license information and number
- Bank account numbers
- Credit cards, whether in physical possession or just the numbers
Other typical cases of identity theft could involve signing someone else’s name on a check or using their credit card to make the charges online. A variety of different charges could be considered also, whether checks have been forged to get cash, the property has been sold—and in some cases, identity fraud could even be considered upon hacking of a social media account.
If you have been charged with an identity theft crime, contact the Dolan Law Offices as soon as possible to avoid what could be large fines or jail or prison time.
Call the Dolan Law Offices now. We will listen carefully to your concerns, review your case, and offer advice based on many years of experience. John Patrick Dolan understands California’s complex criminal defense laws including drug charges, white collar crimes, DUI, domestic violence, sexual assault charges, and violent & serious felonies. At the Dolan Law Offices, we provide the experience you need to help you fight for your rights and best interests. Call us at (760) 775-3739 or contact us online as soon as possible.