Long Island Identity Theft Defense Attorney
White Collar Crime Lawyer in Nassau County
Identity theft is a
white collar crime offense which has two main components. Someone is knowingly assuming the
identity of another person. That person is intending to use that identity
to fraudulently obtain goods, services or money. The ease with which information
is shared on social media sites and through email and text messages has
resulted in the unintentional dissemination of important personal information.
Consequently ID theft is one of the fastest growing crimes in the nation
and the FBI and state law enforcement are zealously seeking out perpetrators,
with task forces at both the state and federal levels.
The problem lies in identifying the right offender. If you have been falsely
accused of ID theft, retain the services of a Long Island criminal defense
attorney who is intimately familiar with the technology involved in this
crime. Prime & O'Brien, LLP knows that it is very difficult to
pinpoint exactly who is at fault. For example, if a case of identity theft
is traced back to a restaurant's credit card reader, it isn't
certain that the correct guilty party will be charged. Many people may
have had access, and the accusations could be false.
Penalties for Identity Theft in New York
ID Theft is broken down into degrees of severity based on the amount of
fraud. Identity theft in the third degree is the least severe penalty
for this offense. If the accused individual has never been convicted of
identity theft and the amount involved is under $500.00, it will result
in a Class A misdemeanor charge.
Anyone with a prior conviction of identity theft will be convicted of second
class identity theft which is a Class E felony. This category is for causing
a financial loss to the victim of over $500.00. Depending on any other
convictions, the jail time for a Class E felony can be up to 4 years in
a state prison. The penalties go up depending on any earlier identity
theft convictions, any other convictions of any offense, and the amount
of the theft.
Prime & O'Brien, LLP will work tirelessly on your behalf to disprove
any charges of identity theft that you are facing.
Contact their office today so that they can begin to help you defend your reputation and seek
a better outcome, whether in reduced charges, a dismissed case, or an
acquittal when the case goes to trial.