Alabama Criminal Defense Lawyer for Identity Theft
Identity theft cases have become more common due to everyone carrying debit and credit cards. A waiter or convenience store clerk may swipe a credit or debit card through a magnetic card reader or “skimmer” to capture the account number and name of the cardholder. It is not unusual for stolen credit card information to be obtained by someone in one state, mailed to someone in another state, and then sold overseas.
If you have been charged with identity theft, you may have taken part in any one of these transactions. Or, you may be wrongfully targeted. Whatever the case, you are facing serious consequences because your case is charged in federal court.
Turn to an experienced lawyer with Ingram Law LLC. We have successfully tried multiple identity theft cases in federal court. One of our most recent clients received probation as a sentence. Joseph A. Ingram is committed to protecting the rights of people accused of crimes in Alabama state or federal courts, including identity theft. Before you make any statements to a law enforcement officer, contact us today.
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Enhanced Penalties for Aggravated Identity Theft
The federal penalties for identity theft are serious. In July 2004, President Bush signed the Identity Theft Penalty Enhancement Act into law, increasing penalties for identity theft and defining a new crime called “aggravated identity theft.”
When you think of identity theft, it is a situation where someone steals identification documents and uses them to steal money, empty a bank account, or commit fraud. Aggravated identity theft is a related but slightly bigger concept. It is when someone “knowingly transfers, possesses, or uses, without lawful authority, a means of identification of another person” while committing another felony. The felony can be any of a long list, which includes embezzlement, fraud, lying in order to acquire a firearm, obtaining customer information by false pretenses, and even immigration offenses.
The crimes are quite similar in definition, and these days most people charged with aggravated identity theft are also facing lesser charges of identity theft. Why? A conviction for aggravated identity theft adds two years to the end of your sentence.
Strategies for a Successful Identity Theft Case Defense
The U.S. Supreme Court has recently ruled that, in order to obtain an identity theft conviction, prosecutors must prove that the defendant intended to steal another person’s identity. This is not always easy, to prove.
Ingram Law LLC will see to it that the government is required to prove every element of its case beyond a reasonable doubt. At each step, I look for ways to protect your rights, strengthen your defense and weaken the government’s case.
Without detailed evidence, intent can be quite difficult to prove. When it comes to evidence discovered by the government via computer, there may be many legal issues available to your defense.
We do not back down, even when the facts of the case seem overwhelming and the might of the federal government seems unbeatable. We have represented individuals charged with identity theft with favorable results.
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