Credit card fraud and identity theft in Vista Courts increase over the holidays. Fraudulent use of a credit card of another without their consent can be a felony or misdemeanor depending on the facts of the crime and the amount of the theft. Identity theft can include not only using the personal identifying information of another with the intent to defraud and without consent, but even the possession of the personal identifying information with the intent to defraud, even if not used, can be a felony or misdemeanor.
Credit card fraud and identity theft are serious offenses which can affect your future in many ways. If you have someone elses credit card and you use it unlawfully with the intent to defraud, it is not only credit card fraud, but also theft and dentity theft if you use the card or sign someone elses name without their consent. Often times multiple crimes are charged from the same transaction. Through negotiations, some charges can be dismissed or even reduced to misdemeanors if charged as a felony.
Misdemeanors carry up to 1 year in jail and a $1000 fine, felonies can carry up to a 3 year local prison commit and $10,000 fine, as well as restitution for anylosses resulting from the crime. Whetheror not there is custody, how much and what type of custody is appropriate varies with the facts of the crime, prior record, sophistication and other factors involving the defendant and victim. if you are arrested for these offenses, it is important to immedialtely contact a criminal defense attorney to review your case and discuss possible defenses and possible resolutions. Call Christoph Law Offices at 760-941-5720 for a free consultation. We have handled several thousand theft cases over more than 34 years across from Vista Courts. We provide the highest level of personal and professional criminal defense representation.