Criminal Defense - Identity Theft Charges
Are you facing identity theft charges in New Haven?
Identity theft is a serious crime, and you will need an experienced New Haven criminal defense lawyer to stand beside you. At Dolan Law Firm, we use our expertise and dedication to produce the strongest defense possible.
Identity theft involves taking someone else’s personal identifying information, which may then be sold or used for one’s own benefit (see: fraud). Today, stealing someone’s identity is easier than ever thanks to computers and the public’s access to personal data.
Personal identifying information includes:
- Alien registration number
- Checking or savings account number
- Credit card or debit card numbers
- Driver’s license number
- Employee identification number
- Health insurance ID number
- Mothers maiden name
- Passport number
- Person’s name or date of birth
- Taxpayer identification number
Penalties for Identity Fraud
A person commits identity fraud when such person knowingly uses personal identifying information of another person to obtain or attempt to obtain money, credit, goods, services, property or medical information without the consent of such other person. This is distinguished from identity theft, which means such information is stolen for a malicious purpose, but not yet used for the purposes of fraud. However, the two terms are commonly interchanged due to the fact that they nearly always occur together.
“Personal identifying information” is defined as any name, number or other information that may be used, alone or in conjunction with any other information, to identify a specific individual. This includes, but not limited to: an individual’s name, date of birth, mother’s maiden name, motor vehicle operator’s license number, Social Security number, employee identification number, employer or taxpayer identification number, alien registration number, government passport number, health insurance identification number, demand deposit account number, savings account number, credit or debit card number, or unique biometric data such as fingerprint, voice print, retina or iris image, or other unique physical representation.
Identity Theft in the First Degree: Class B Felony
This offense is punishable by 1-20 years in prison and a fine of up to $15,000. A person is guilty of identity theft in the first degree when such person commits identity theft, as defined above, and:
(a) the victim is under sixty years of age, and the value of the money, credit, goods, services or property obtained exceeds ten thousand dollars, or
(b) the victim is sixty years of age or older, and the value of the money, credit, goods, services or property obtained exceeds five thousand dollars
Identity Theft in the Second Degree: Class C Felony
This offense is punishable by 1-10 years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000. A person is guilty of identity theft in the second degree when such person commits identity theft, as defined above, and:
(a) the victim is under sixty years of age, and the value of the money, credit, goods, services or property obtained exceeds five thousand dollars, or
(b) such other person is sixty years of age or older
If the offense is a base definition of identity fraud and is less extreme – for example, the victim is under 60 and the value of property stolen is under $5,000 – the defendant could instead be charged with identity theft in the third degree, a Class D felony. Identity theft in the third degree is punishable by a fine of up to $5,000 and imprisonment for 1-5 years.
For additional fraud crimes related to identity theft, such as impersonation of a police officer or credit card fraud, see Fraud Defense.
Fight your felony charges – contact us immediately!
If you are being accused of identity theft, you are facing up to 10 or 20 years in prison and fines of up to $10,000 or $15,000, not to mention a felony on your record. At Dolan Law Firm, we want you to remember that you are innocent until proven guilty. Our New Haven criminal attorney will represent you and your best interests. We work diligently to search for any holes or flaws in the case and then use them to your advantage. If the prosecution lacks evidence against you, we will bring this to light.
Hiring a criminal defense lawyer dramatically affects your chances of getting your charges reduced or dismissed. When your personal and professional life are threatened, you should arrange a free case evaluation with an attorney from our firm to discuss how we can defend your particular case. Contact Michael Dolan today.