As technology advances, identity theft has become more common. Identity theft is a fraud crime that involves someone stealing another person’s personal information. Here at the Coolidge Law Firm, we understand that this may be your first encounter with law enforcement. We will answer any legal questions you have and formulate a defense that is in your best interest.
The Coolidge Law Firm works diligently on every case that comes through our door, and yours is no exception. You can schedule a time to speak with us more about your case. Call or submit your information in the online contact form.
The Coolidge Law Firm proudly defends clients in every community in Wake County, including Cary, Apex, Raleigh, Morrisville, and Garner.
What is Considered Identifying Information?
Identity theft can be committed by stealing many different forms of identifying information. It can involve someone stealing credit card information to buy things online or using someone’s social security number to open a utility service agreement.
Other forms of identifying information that can be used to commit identity theft include the following:
- Debit card numbers
- Computer data
- Savings account numbers
- E-mail address and Internet ID names
- Checking account numbers
- Credit card numbers
- Social Security number
- Driver’s license or passport numbers
- PIN codes
- Digital signatures
- Any number or information that can be used to access financial resources
Can You Spend Time in Prison for Identity Theft?
If you are under investigation for identity theft, you may be wondering if you can spend time behind bars if convicted. To answer that question, yes, you can spend time in prison if you are found guilty of the crime.
You’re facing a Class G felony if you are convicted of identity theft. This charge carries a maximum sentence of 47 months depending on your prior record level,
If you are found in possession of identifying information of three or more people, you could be facing a Class E felony. Class E felonies have prison sentences for up to 88 months depending on your prior criminal history. It’s also a Class E felony if the alleged victim was arrested or convicted as a result of your identity theft.
Civil Action for Identity Theft
Spending time in jail is not the only thing you should worry about if you are under investigation for identity theft. Victims of identity theft have the right to bring you to civil court and seek compensation for the damages.
Alleged victims can seek up to $5,000 per incident of identity theft, or up to three times the amount of actual damages. A judge could also order you to pay funds needed to correct the alleged victim’s credit score, lost wages, and attorney fees. That’s a lot of money out of your pocket. To mitigate the chances of this happening to you, contact the Coolidge Law Firm as soon as possible.
Additional Resources for Identity Theft
Identity Theft | North Carolina General Statutes– Follow this link to learn more about identity theft. You can read the precise legal definition of the crime, what identifying information means and situations where it is lawful to have someone else’s ID information. The statute can be read on the North Carolina General Assembly website.
Punishment and Liability | North Carolina General Statutes– Learn more about the penalties and liabilities for identity theft and trafficking in stolen identities. You can also find out what happens to the victim if you committed a crime with their identity. The statute can be read on the North Carolina General Assembly website.
Speak to a Criminal Defense Lawyer for Identity Theft
Convictions from Identity theft carry significant penalties. The quicker you obtain legal representation, the better your chances of a more favorable outcome in court.
Here at the Coolidge Law Firm, we are dedicated to providing our clients with a defense plan that is in your favor. Schedule a time to speak with up more about your case. Call (919) 239-8448 or submit your information in the online contact form.
We represent clients in all of Wake County, including Cary, Raleigh, Morrisville, Garner, and Apex.