Identity theft is a serious offense because it involves the act of taking someone’s information and assuming their identity in some way. While an identity thief may not try and “become” a person, they can use the victim’s information to obtain credit cards, income tax returns, and much more.
But just because a person commits identity theft doesn’t mean that they don’t deserve to be represented by an experienced southern Minnesota criminal defense lawyer. Even if there is merit to the charges, legal advocacy is very important to ensure the best possible future. People make mistakes and that doesn’t always mean they are going to repeat them.
When you have client-focused representation working for you, you know that your future is the main priority. This means finding the facts and protecting your rights. It also means giving you the guidance that you need to make informed decisions about your case. There will be times when you are given options and you will need to choose the option that is right for you. When given the right advice, you can be confident that your decisions are the right ones.
A person that is convicted of felony identity theft could be looking at thousands of dollars in fines and up to 20 years in prison. A person convicted of gross misdemeanor identity theft could pay up to $3,000 in fines and/or spend up to a year in jail. A person convicted of misdemeanor identity theft could spend up to 90 days in jail and/or pay $1,000 in fines.
Although the penalties may not seem serious in some cases, the consequences can be very serious. For instance, a person who has been convicted of any sort of theft could have difficulty finding a job that involves handling money or credit cards. A theft conviction can also make it difficult to find a place to live. These are consequences that can follow a person for the rest of their life.
Fighting For The Best Result
Using the facts to create a strategic defense is very important. When you are innocent, you want to prove your innocence. There are times when individuals are charged with identity theft and they did nothing. There are other times when there is merit to the charges, but the act may not warrant the maximum penalties. Your Mankato criminal defense lawyer will reveal the truth so that the case concludes in the fairest way possible.
Contact A Southern Minnesota Criminal Defense Attorney
Identity theft can be a very serious crime. If you or a loved one has been arrested for or is being investigated for identity theft, you have the right to have an attorney representing you throughout your case. To learn more about your rights and options, call Farrish Johnson Law Office, CHTD at 507-625-2525 to schedule a free consultation.
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