Have You Been Accused or Charged With Credit Card Fraud?
Credit card fraud (18 U.S.C. Section 1029) covers offenses such as fraudulently using another person’s card, producing fraudulent cards and trafficking in fraudulent cards. A conviction can involve fines and multiyear prison sentences, depending on the circumstances of the crime.
In many cases, credit card fraud is charged with identity theft (18 U.S.C. Section 1028). Depending on the specifics of the case, conviction for identity theft or aggravated identity theft can include fines and a prison sentence.
Credit card fraud may be prosecuted by state and federal agencies, including the Secret Service and the FBI. To achieve a favorable outcome, you need a criminal defense firm with the ability to fight the state and federal governments. At Mark J. O’Brien, founding attorney Mark J. O’Brien is a former prosecutor who now focuses the majority of his practice on white collar crime and federal criminal defense. Mark is joined by attorney Victoria Hatfield. Our results for many of our clients facing state and federal charges speak for themselves.
From Stolen Credit Cards To Sophisticated Internet Schemes
Credit card theft may involve stealing the card from someone’s wallet or writing down the card’s numbers for later use. However, credit card fraud will likely be charged as a federal offense when it involves the Internet and computer crimes such as hacking, phishing, sending fraudulent e-mails and the use of fraudulent websites. Criminal transmission of images or content using the Internet is considered wire fraud, which is a federal crime.
Our Tampa credit card fraud attorneys represent individuals and businesses charged with credit card fraud. As we do with all cases, we will examine the prosecution’s evidence and look for procedural issues that may affect its admissibility. While we are always prepared to fight for you at trial, we can negotiate plea agreements if that is in your best interest.