Tampa Identity Theft Attorneys
Identity theft (18 U.S.C. Section 1028) is a serious offense, especially if it is committed in conjunction with other crimes such as drug trafficking, a violent crime or an act of terrorism. Depending on the specifics of the case, conviction for simple identity theft or aggravated identity theft can include fines and a multi-year prison sentence.
Identity theft cases may be aggressively prosecuted by state and federal agencies. To achieve a favorable outcome, you need a criminal defense firm with the ability to fight the state and federal governments. Contact O’Brien Hatfield, P.A.. Founding attorney Mark O’Brien is a former prosecutor who now focuses the majority of his practice on white collar crime and federal criminal defense.
The Government Takes Identity Theft Seriously
In our post-9/11 world, identity theft has gained more attention from law enforcement agencies. If the offense involves counterfeiting or forgery of identification documents, the suspects may find themselves under investigation from the FBI, Secret Service and Department of Homeland Security.
Aggressive Tampa Identity Theft Defense Lawyers
Our Florida identity theft lawyers represent individuals and businesses charged with identity theft and credit card fraud. We will examine the prosecution’s evidence and look for procedural issues that may affect its admissibility. We are always prepared to fight for you at trial; however, we can negotiate plea agreements if that is in your best interest.
Criminal transmission of images or content using the Internet is considered wire fraud, which is a federal crime. Identity theft offenses will likely be charged as federal crimes when they involve the Internet and computer crimes such as:
- Fraudulent e-mails
- Fraudulent websites
Credit card fraud (18 U.S.C. Section 1029) is often charged with identity theft. Convictions can involve fines and prison sentences, depending on the circumstances of the crime.