If you are charged with identity theft, it means someone thinks you’ve used their information for financial gain or to obtain credit. Conviction of this crime can lead to serious charges, particularly because you could be tried in federal and state courts.
Contact one of our experienced Las Vegas criminal defense lawyers at Turco & Draskovich if you find yourself in this situation. Let our aggressive defenders fight for your rights.
In 1998, Congress passed the Identity Theft and Assumption Deterrence Act in response to increased identity theft sophistication. The act specifies that identity theft happens when someone:
“knowingly transfers or uses, without lawful authority, a means of identification of another person with the intent to commit, or to aid or abet, any unlawful activity that constitutes a violation of Federal law, or that constitutes a felony under any applicable State or local law.”
The seriousness of the punishment depends on what you were using the documents to do, how many documents were used, and how the identity theft affected the victim. Someone facing this charge in federal court could end up with a prison term of 20 years.
Nevada Code §205.463 defines identity theft similarly but doesn’t involve committing federal crimes. In any case where an individual uses personal identifying information of another person in order to acquire credit, property, or services, that individual would be charged under Nevada law. This code also includes the involvement of computer and Internet technology. Identity theft is considered a felony in this state, which means punishment will be more severe. For example, you could go to prison for anywhere from 1 to 20 years and could face a fine of up to $100,000.
Make sure you don’t suffer financially or by paying with your freedom. Contact one of our Las Vegas criminal defense attorneys to talk to us about your case. We have decades of experience fighting in court for people convicted of many different types of white collar crimes.
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