What is Identity Theft?
Identify theft is a crime that occurs when a person uses personal identification information in an unlawful manner. This can include anything from a persons name and social security number to credit card accounts and drivers license information. These criminals can then use this information to purchase items, seek credit or even apply for a loan. There’s a chance that you can be wrongly implicated for identity theft. In such a situation, we can help you defend yourself from such accusations. Identity theft is considered to be a very serious crime, which is why it’s essential that you put up a good defense if charged.
How Our NYC Criminal Law Firm Can Help You
Here at Raiser & Kenniff, we want to assist you in any way we can to defend you from accusations of identity theft. Convictions for such a crime can be devastating to your livelihood. We strive to provide each and every one of the clients we represent with high quality legal service at all times. When it comes to the New York penal code for identity theft, it’s defined as a crime that must be done with intent to defraud by presenting themselves as the person whose identity was stolen. When charged with identity theft, it can either be classified as a misdemeanor or felony. We have received a lot of experience in dealing with all kinds of identity theft cases, so you can be confident in the fact that we know what we’re doing and how to provide you with the most favorable outcome.
There are several ways in which we attack these cases, dealing primarily with the common issues found with identity theft. Due to the rise of electronic records, identity theft has become more and more common. Because of this, the types of identity theft that can occur are numerous. In essence, there are four degrees of identity theft that you can be charged with. These include third-degree identity theft, second-degree identity theft, first-degree identity theft and aggravated identity theft. The first of these is generally classified as a misdemeanor, while the other three are felonies. Felonies carry much more penalties with them than misdemeanors.
There are times when a third-degree identity theft charge can be bumped up to a second-degree charge and so on. We strive to ensure that you receive the lowest charge and best sentence possible. If you’re innocent, we will do all we can to make sure that you don’t suffer at all from the charge levied against you. There are two aspects of any identity theft case that can determine the length of sentencing or the charge you’re being presented with. These aspects include bringing forth key witnesses and issues with discovery. When it comes to key witnesses, we will work to identify possible witnesses that can help when presenting your case to a judge or jury. If you believe that a mental defect or disease could be the cause of the identity theft, medical witnesses will be brought in.
As for issues with discovery, the discovery of identity theft typically requires a look at electronic records and documentation that’s been falsified from banks or creditors. Whatever the case, this evidence must be given to the defendant by the prosecutor. We will procure this evidence for you. Any paperwork that’s necessary for the case will also be handled by us. We have your best interests at heart. If you require lawyers for an identity theft case, don’t hesitate to schedule a consultation today at Raiser & Kenniff Attorneys at Law.