Fort Lauderdale Identity Theft Attorney
Have you been charged with stealing another's identity?
Identity theft laws vary by state, but the nationwide Identity Theft and Assumption Deterrence Act of 1998 made it a federal crime to transfer or use the identification documentation of another person with the intention of committing or aiding any unlawful activity that constitutes a felony. Identity theft is usually committed through the use of credit cards and checking accounts, and the state of Florida heavily prosecutes individuals who are charged with this crime.
Florida ranks first out of all the states in identity theft for the second consecutive year, according to the recent Consumer Sentinel Network Data Book. Out of the 50 largest metro areas, Miami-Fort Lauderdale ranked first in identity theft complaints, and authorities are picking up their investigative efforts in that area. If you have been accused of identity theft in the Ft. Lauderdale area, a defense attorney from our firm is capable of providing you with the high-quality, professional legal defense you need to challenge your charges.
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There are several classes of identity theft that one can be charged with in the state of Florida. Social security identity theft, driver license identity theft, medical identity theft, financial and credit card identity theft, and criminal identity theft are some of the main criminal charges that an individual can be accused of. Identity theft in the state of Florida is a third degree felony offense that is punishable by a maximum prison sentence of five years and fines up to $5,000.
However, if the amount of losses are $50,000 or greater between 20-30 individuals, the penalty increases to a maximum of 10 years in prison. If you are convicted of identity theft, you will likely be ordered to pay restitution for damages or loss that was caused directly or indirectly by your actions. You may also face civil penalties as well, and it is crucial that you have a tough legal advocate by your side throughout the court and civil processes.
Contact a Fort Lauderdale identity theft attorney
at Parks & Braxton, PA for the legal defense you need to fight your charges. We are available to take calls 24/7.