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Criminal Defense: What Constitutes Identity Theft

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The Four Types of Identity Theft

Identity theft, a growing concern in our digital age, involves the unauthorized acquisition and use of another person's personal information for unlawful purposes. This unauthorized use often leads to serious legal and financial repercussions for the victim.

It is categorized predominantly into four types:

  • The acquisition and use of someone's information without their consent for illicit activities.
  • The unauthorized use of another individual’s personal details to commit fraudulent activities.
  • The sale, transfer, or sharing of an individual's information without their knowledge or approval, with the intention to carry out fraudulent acts.
  • Mail theft or the knowing receipt of stolen mail, which also involves unauthorized access to personal information.

In the legal system, identity theft may be charged as either a misdemeanor or a felony, the classification of which hinges on the financial value of the purported crime. The penalties upon conviction will similarly depend on how the case is charged. Penalties typically include fines and imprisonment.

What To Do If You are Facing Identity Theft Charges

If you face identity theft charges, swift and appropriate action is crucial. The first step is to contact a seasoned attorney experienced in handling identity theft cases. Legal representation is fundamental to navigating the complex legal landscape surrounding identity theft. An experienced lawyer, like those at Foley Griffin, understands the nuances of these cases and can devise an effective defense strategy.

We can help guide you through the process, help you understand your rights in context with your charges, and work tirelessly to help you mitigate the potential legal and financial implications. Remember, the faster you act, the sooner you can start building a robust defense against the charges.

Preparing for Your Consultation with Your Attorney

Preparing for your first consultation with your attorney is essential to help build your defense. However, we also know this situation is very stressful and overwhelming. With this in mind, we offer the following guidance to help you prepare for your first meeting.

We encourage you to prepare the following leading up to your initial consultation:

  1. Collect all related documents: Include anything that can aid your defense, such as emails, letters, bank statements, or any other correspondence related to the accusation of identity theft.
  2. Chronicle the events: Write down a timeline of events as you remember them; this will help your attorney understand all the details of your case.
  3. Jot down any questions: This will ensure you don’t forget to ask your attorney any critical questions regarding your case.
  4. Identify potential witnesses: If people can vouch for your whereabouts or the validity of your actions, list their names and contact information.
  5. Prepare emotionally: Facing criminal charges can be stressful. Try to stay calm, remember that your attorney is there to help you, and be ready to discuss some difficult topics.

Remember, the more information you can provide in this initial meeting, the more effectively your attorney can start building your defense.

At Foley Griffin, we understand what you are going through. We are committed to helping our clients through these difficult situations. Contact our firm today if you are facing identity theft charges. We are prepared to help.

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