Identity theft has become increasingly popular as our society’s technological advancements increase. Identity theft can severely impact the victim and their future. This is why the state of New York takes these cases very seriously. To learn more about identity theft and its penalties, continue reading and reach out to our experienced criminal defense attorney. If you require assistance from our legal team, do not hesitate to contact us to learn how we can help.
What is identity theft?
There are various forms of identity theft. The following are a few examples of what is defined as identity theft in New York:
- Unlawful Possession of Personal Identification: Being in unlawful possession of another person’s identifying information.
- False personation: Misrepresenting one’s own name, date of birth, or address in an attempt to escape the law.
- Criminal impersonation: Pretending to be a police officer or other law enforcement personnel.
- Scheme to Defraud: Planning to defraud someone. include misrepresenting yourself or a business over the phone or through email.
- Unlawful Possession of Skimmer Device: A skimmer device is used to obtain the information stored on credit cards.
What are the penalties for identity theft in New York?
The penalties an individual will face for identity theft will depend on a few factors including how much money was stolen, who was stolen from, prior offenses, and more.
- Third Degree Identity Theft: Class A misdemeanor punishable by up to one year of prison time. This will also include a fine of up to $1,000 or up to double the value of the property subject to the crime.
- Second Degree Identity Theft: Class E felony punishable by up to four years in prison. Penalties will also include a fine of up to $5,000, or up to double the value of the defendant’s gain from the crime.
- First Degree Identity Theft / Aggravated Identity Theft: Class D felonies punishable by up to 7 years in prison. Penalties will also include a fine of up to $5,000, or up to double the value of the defendant’s gain from the crime.
If you have been accused of identity theft in New York, it is essential that you retain the services of an experienced criminal defense attorney who will explore all possible legal avenues and defenses on your behalf. Reach out to our firm today to learn more about our services and how we can assist you.
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