Identity Theft Defense Attorney in Michigan
Successfully and Expertly Defending Identity Theft Charges with Passion and the Experience. When prosecutors and judges get aggressive, we will not back down and we are not afraid to win.
Identity theft is taken very seriously by local, state, and federal authorities. The government wants to show they have a handle on the issue. As a result, law enforcement is being overly aggressive about arresting and prosecuting people suspected of Identity Theft. Laws have been enacted to punish convicted persons severely and prosecutors do whatever it takes to secure convictions and jail sentences. If you have been charged or you are being investigated, you need a lawyer that will stand up to the government and make sure your rights are protected. In most cases, the only thing standing between you and jail is your lawyer, so you are going to want the best one available.
Remember, if you are being investigated for any criminal allegation, do not say a word to anyone other than your lawyer. If you do not have a lawyer and you are being investigated or you are charged, you need to hire an experienced and successful defense attorney right away.
What exactly is Identity Theft?
In a nutshell, identity theft is obtaining private, personal identifying information of another person and using the information to commit a crime, usually some sort of theft. A person may not obtain and then fraudulently use personal identification information of another person to obtain credit, goods, services, money, property, a vital record, confidential telephone records, medical records or information, or employment, or commit any other unlawful act. A person also may not make or utilize any electronic communication such as email or a website with the intent to gather personal identifying information with the intent to commit identity theft or any other crime.
Personal identifying information includes any information relating to an identifiable person. The government has charged defendants with Identity Theft in cases where a defendant used another person’s name, social security number, date of birth, place of birth, mother’s maiden name, biometric records, and any other information that is linked or linkable to an individual, such as medical, educational, financial, and employment information. This can even include just using another person’s credit card under current state and federal laws.
What are the penalties for committing identity theft?
- The first conviction carries a possible 5-year prison term and a $25,000.00 fine, or both.
- A second conviction carries a possible 10-year prison term and a $50,000.00 fine, or both.
- A third or further conviction carries a possible 15-year penalty and a $75,000.00 fine, or both.
- Also, persons convicted face a requirement of making full restitution for any money obtained by fraudulent use of another’s identifying information.
- There are also collateral consequences, like loss of employability, loss of a professional license, loss of the ability to possess firearms, loss of the ability to vote while incarcerated, damage to credit scores, deportation or inability to re-enter the United States for non-US citizens, and much more.
Prosecutors aggressively pursue convictions in these cases due to intense public pressure, as can be seen in the news almost every day. Make no mistake, they want to show the public they are putting people in jail.
An aggressive, savvy, experienced, and creative criminal defense attorney is needed at the earliest possible stage of a case.
If you face identity theft charges, there is hope for you. The attorneys at LEWIS & DICKSTEIN, P.L.L.C. have extensive experience in all areas of criminal law, including identity theft. We have an outstanding reputation for winning or favorably resolving the most complex criminal cases. Why? Because we never give up, we are always on the cutting edge of new and highly creative legal strategies, and we have the credibility and reputation to be taken very seriously by courts and prosecutors throughout Michigan. We will leave no stone unturned to achieve the best possible result for our clients. There are defenses to identity theft, and we know them all.
Criminal Defense Law Firm Handling Identity Theft
The dedicated, experienced and zealous defense attorneys at LEWIS & DICKSTEIN, P.L.L.C. have successfully represented thousands of clients on federal and state felony and misdemeanor charges in Oakland, Macomb, Wayne, Washtenaw, and Livingston Counties and throughout Michigan. We have a well-earned reputation for providing the highest quality defense and aggressive representation, while showing empathy and care for each client. Call us today at (248) 263-6800 or complete a Request for Assistance Form and we will contact you promptly.