Los Angeles Identity Theft Attorney
Identity theft laws make it a crime to misuse another person’s identifying information — whether personal or financial. This personal identifying information, including social security numbers, driver’s license number, credit history, and PIN numbers, may be acquired through the internet. It is possible to gain access to personal information through unsecured networks or internet purchasing scams. 18 U.S.C. § 1028 provides punishment for whoever…knowingly and without lawful authority produces an identification document, authentication feature, or a false identification document” or who knowingly possesses such documents with the intent to defraud. If convicted of identity theft you may be facing large fines and/or imprisonment for up to fifteen years. However, if the identity theft was committed as part of a drug crime scheme or terrorism scheme you will face enhanced punishment.
Fraudulently posing as another person is a criminal act and carries serious penalties. Identity theft charges include:
- Internet identity theft where online purchases are made using another person’s credit card.
- Submitting a credit card application or purchasing merchandise using another person’s identity.
- Using counterfeit credit cards, driver’s license or other official records.
- Forgery of a signature on a check, credit card, or debit card purchase.
If an individual commits identity theft using the internet that crossed state lines, this can be prosecuted as a federal crime.
Identity Theft Defense
If you have been arrested or under investigation for a state or federal identity theft crime, it is critical to work with an attorney who has vast experience in fraud crime cases for the best outcome of your case. At Eisner Gorin LLP, our law firm can develop a defense strategy from the beginning of your case, and may be able to reduce or dismiss the criminal charge before you even discuss settlement or go to trial. We have successfully handled fraud related type cases including forgery, credit card fraud, counterfeiting in LA and throughout the state of California. Call our law offices at (877) 781-1570 or fill out online contact form.
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