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Identity Theft

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What is Identity Theft?

Identity theft is when someone steals someone’s personal identifying information to use unlawfully. Identity theft is usually in combination with other fraudulent crimes such as:

  • Credit card theft
  • Check fraud
  • Insurance fraud
  • Prescription Drug fraud
  • Health Care fraud

Identity theft has some highly motivating factors such as:

  • Obtain financial gain or benefits
  • Cause someone to suffer financial or emotional loss
  • To escape criminal liability by “becoming” a different person


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Penalties for Identity Theft

Identity theft is a wobbler, meaning it can be charged as a misdemeanor or a felony depending on the facts of the cs and the defendant’s criminal history. With identity theft, each time the defendant uses someone else’s identifying information unlawfully, it is a separate violation.
The penalties as a misdemeanor include:

  • Imprisonment
  • A maximum fine of $1,000

The penalties as a felony include:

  • Imprisonment
  • A maximum fine of $10,000
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Legal Defenses for Identity Theft

If you had someone else’s identifying information but didn’t use it, then you can’t be charged with identity theft.

False accusations are common out of jealousy, anger, or other reasons. It’s not uncommon for people to get falsely accused of identity theft.

Mistaken identity is very common in these cases. Perhaps you were in the wrong place at the wrong time, drove a similar car as the person who committed identity theft, or looked like the person who committed identity theft. An experienced lawyer knows how to get to the truth.

Have you been legally accused of committing identity theft? If you have been arrested or charged with a crime, it is essential to obtain legal council for help. It’s important to take your charges seriously. Don’t just hope for the best. Hire an attorney who understands your situation and the consequences you face.

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Your Defense Attorney for Identity Theft Charges

I’m Mark A. Broughton and I’m here to fight for you. I have been a defense Attorney for 40+ years and have represented thousands of people accused of crimes. I have extensive experience representing citizens charged with White Collar Crimes such as Credit Card Fraud, Embezzlement, Insurance Fraud, and Prescription Drug Fraud, to name a few.

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