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, LLP, 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 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.
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.
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.
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