What Constitutes Identity Theft?

Miami & Ft. Lauderdale, Florida

Identity theft is the use of another person’s identifying information, such as name, social security number, credit card numbers, or other information, to commit fraud. The Federal Trade Commission identifies the most common types of fraud committed using identity theft:

  • Credit card fraud
  • Phone or utilities fraud
  • Bank or finance fraud
  • Government documents fraud
  • Fraudulent identification for a job, house, or medical services, or when arrested

When you are charged with this type of crime, the evidence used to support the charge can be very technical, and must be properly obtained. We can carefully scrutinize the evidence and how it was obtained to challenge any illegally obtained evidence.

Charges of identity theft can result in felony or misdemeanor charges, and often the difference between which is pressed depends on the exact definition of your crime. Defense strategies can also include challenging the classification of your crime to diminish the severity of the charge.

The laws around identity theft are being revised constantly, and to successfully defend yourself against this type of charge, you need a criminal defense attorney who remains up-to-date in this area of law.

To talk to a lawyer about defending yourself against charges of identity theft in or around Miami, Florida, please contact The Cochran Firm South Florida.