Credit card fraud and identity theft are often linked. Credit card fraud generally occurrs in one of two ways. Either someone unlawfully uses the personal information to get a credit card unlawfully in another person’s name and then uses that credit card, or gets a stolen credit card and then gets false identity documentation in the name on the stolen cardholder in order to use it.
The stolen credit cards and identity information may be used over the internet or in a store. The ability to identify subjects committing these crimes is getting better. ATM machines and many credit card machines, like at gas stations, take pictures when a card is used. Cards reported stolen may state that at point of sale, security cameras in retail stores, parking lots, and other internet trails may be left by the individual trying to commit credit card fraud or identity theft.
Felony charges for credit card fraud or identity theft can carry significant custody depending on the defendants prior record, sophistication of the offense, amount of the fraud, number of frauds, number of identifications involved etc. There are also mitigating factors and possible defenses that may be available. That is why it important to talk with a criminal defense attorney if you are arrested for these types of offenses. Call Christoph Law Offices at 760-941-5720 for a free initial consultation. We have been providing the highest level of personal and professional criminal defense representaion for over 34 years and are located across from Vista Courts.