Identity theft is a rapidly growing crime that affects millions of people per year. An identity theft conviction can lead to serious jail time and steep fines. If you are facing identity theft charges in Minnesota, you need an experienced attorney to fight for you.
Understanding Identity Theft Charges
Any act of fraudulently using someone else’s personal identification information is classified as identity theft. In most cases, identity theft occurs when an individual tries to obtain money, property, or some other tangible gain by using the personal information of others. Some of the most common identity theft cases include:
- Opening new credit card accounts in someone else’s name;
- Using someone else’s credit or debit cards to make a purchase or obtain money; and
- Filing for fraudulent tax refunds using the personal information of another individual
Any use of another individual’s personal information, including name, phone number, address, social security number, credit card number, or driver’s license number, may be considered identity theft. In Minnesota, it is also a crime to attempt to solicit the personal information of others via phone, email, or a website. Even if you don’t actually steal an identity, you can still be charged with a crime.
Identity theft is a serious crime that can be charged as a misdemeanor or a felony. If the crime is considered a felony, it can be charged at the state or federal level. The exact charges you face will typically depend on the following factors:
- The value of property or money involved; and
- The number of victims involved
If the value is under $250, and only one victim is involved, you can be charged with a misdemeanor and face jail time up to 90 days, and a fine up to $1,000. When there are multiple victims, or the total value of theft is under $2,500, you can be sentenced to five years in prison and be fined $10,000. The most extreme cases of identity theft involve several victims and losses over $35,000. These cases are punished by up to 20 years in prison and fines of up to $100,000.
Identity Theft Defense Lawyer
Identity theft charges are far too serious to be fought alone. As identity theft continues to be a major problem in Minnesota, and the entire country, prosecutors are launching thorough investigations and looking for swift justice. With the right lawyer on your side, you can defeat your identity theft charges so that you can go back to living a normal life.
An identity theft conviction can mean prison time and crippling fines. Rather than risking these harsh punishments, you need a defense lawyer to build your case and prove your innocence. If you have been involved in identity theft, your lawyer may also help you get a reduced charge that results in no jail time, and lessened fines. No matter what your circumstances are, you deserve the best defense possible.
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If you are charged with identity theft, you need the best attorneys on your side. At the Brown Law Offices, P.A., we have the experience and knowledge to help you get the best result possible. Our attorneys never judge you, regardless of your guilt or innocence. Don’t let an identity theft conviction affect the rest of your life. Call us today at 763-323-6555 or complete our free online consultation form.