Long Island Identity Theft Defense Attorney

White Collar Crime Lawyer in Nassau County

Identity Theft

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.

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