Identity Theft

New York Identity Theft Laws

Call (888) 966-8480 for Experienced & Skilled Legal Representation in Long Island and All Five Boroughs

Due to the popularity of the internet, identity theft crimes have been reported at a more frequent rate over the past decade or so. This type of theft crime is associated with severe punishments, such as prison time and fines. If you are facing identity theft charges, you need to hire legal help from an experienced attorney.

At Foley Griffin, our Nassau County criminal defense lawyers can evaluate your case and determine all of your legal options to either get your entire case dismissed or your charges reduced substantially. As former prosecutors who have a thorough understanding of law enforcement and the courts, we are qualified to handle your case from beginning to end.

Identity Theft Law & Penalties

Identity theft is defined as the taking of another person’s personal identifying information for an unlawful or fraudulent purpose. There are four main types of identity theft: (1) obtaining and using another’s information without consent for an unlawful purpose, (2) obtaining and using another’s information without consent to commit fraud, (3) selling, transferring or conveying another person’s information without consent with the intent to commit fraud, and (4) committing mail theft or receiving stolen mail.

Another person’s information includes:

  • Name
  • Birth date
  • Address
  • Social Security ID
  • Tax ID
  • Driver’s license
  • Passport
  • Bank or credit information

Identity theft in New York can be charged as either a misdemeanor or a felony. If the monetary value of identity theft is less than $500, it is considered a third-degree identity theft charge and a Class A misdemeanor, punishable by a maximum jail sentence of one year and a fine of up to $1,000. If the monetary value is more than $500, it is considered second-degree identity theft and a Class E felony, punishable by up to four years in prison. If the monetary value is more than $2,000, it is considered first-degree identity theft and a Class D felony, punishable by a maximum prison sentence of seven years.

Get Experienced Help from Our Nassau County Criminal Defense Lawyers Today

Having a conviction for identity theft can carry lifelong consequences, including reparable damage to your personal and professional reputation. Let our firm protect your rights and future immediately.

Contact us and discuss your legal options today.


Winning For Our Clients

Not Just Promises, But Real Results

We have a proven track record to back up our claims of success. Because we take every case extremely seriously, we prepare each one as if it's going to trial. We also employ whatever resources are necessary to produce the best possible outcomes for our clients. It's one thing to say you can achieve great results, but another thing to show that you have delivered them time and time again over many years. 

  • Case Won Nassau DWI “Wall Of Shame” Case — B V. Suozzi
  • Change in Policy Nassau County Grand Jury Case — People V.W
  • Dismissal NYC Vehicular Manslaughter Case
  • No Jail Sentence New York Mail And Wire Fraud Case — US V. N
  • Dismissal New York Felony Case
  • Dismissal NY Mortgage And Bank Fraud Case — US V. F
  • Not Guilty New York City DWI Case — People V. B
    • “Brian Griffin is a master in the courtroom! He got both of my charges dismissed.”

      - C.S.

      What We Bring to The Table

      Choosing the Right Firm Matters
      • 75 Years of Shared Legal Experience

        When it comes to serious legal matters, there is no substitute for experience and a successful track record.

      • Millions Recovered For Our Clients

        At Foley Griffin, we don't just advertise results, we've built a career on delivering them for our clients.

      • Highly Effective Trial Lawyers

        As former prosecutors our lawyers understand the other side of the law and know how to win in the courtroom.

      • Tailored Approach to Each Case

        We're dedicated to our clients! Sometimes this means we take on less cases so that we can commit the necessary time and energy to achieve success.