Fraud & Identity Fraud
If you have been charged with identity fraud in Georgia, then you need expert help. Georgia has extensive laws in place to deal with identity fraud and the related transaction card crimes it gives rise to. You will need a criminal defense attorney that has years of experience in the federal court system to help you win your criminal case. Our legal team is standing by to help represent clients like you.What is Identity Fraud?
Identity fraud is one of the most common types of fraud. You have likely heard it referred to more often as "identity theft", and you can be charged with it if you:
- Open a bank account in someone else’s name
- Obtain credit in someone else’s name
- Sell or transfer a person’s identifying information like their drivers' license number or social security number
- Use someone else’s bank account or credit card without their permission
As technology makes it easier to get a hold of people's identification documents, there has been an increase in victims of identity theft. This has led lawmakers to treat identity fraud as a serious criminal matter. Identity theft is always a felony in Georgia. You can be charged with it if you:
- Accept identifying information that you know is stolen, fraudulent or fictitious and use it for identification purposes.
- Use, create or possess false identification that is based off a real person with the intent to commit a crime.
- Create, possess or use false credentials that are based off a made-up person with the intent to commit a crime.
- Use the identifying information of a person in your custody that is under eighteen.
- Use or possess someone else’s identifying information without their consent and with the intent to commit a crime.
If you are charged with identity fraud in Georgia, you could find yourself facing up to ten years of prison, a fine of up to $10,000, or both.What is Aggravated Identity Fraud?
It is when someone uses another person’s identifying information, whether real, dead or fictitious, to get a job. It is a felony and can get you locked up for up to fifteen years and fined for up to $250,000.
With penalties that high, you can't afford not hiring a criminal defense lawyer. Call us today for a free consultation.