Texas Identity Theft
San Antonio Theft Defense Lawyer
According to the US Department of Justice, 7.5% of US households have fallen
victim to identity theft. If you or a loved one has been charged with a
theft crime, you need a knowledgeable San Antonio attorney in your corner. Our San
Antonio criminal defense lawyers offer
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What is Identity Theft?
Texas Penal Code §32.51 refers to identity theft as obtaining, possessing
or transferring another person’s identifying information without
their consent with the intention to harm or defraud them.
Examples of personal identifying information:
- Social Security number
- Date of birth
- Government issued ID numbers
- Biometric data (voiceprint, fingerprint, retina or iris image)
- Unique electronic identification number
- Routing code
- Financial institution account number
- Telecommunication identifying information (meaning mobile phone number,
or electronic serial number)
Penalties for Identity Theft
Identity theft charges vary depending on a few factors. If you’ve
been accused of identity theft, you may want to know the penalties you
could potentially face.
Jail Time: If you’ve been convicted of transferring funds or accessing financial
information of another person without their permission you could face
up to a 1 year in jail. If you’ve been found guilty of possession
of identifying information you could face up to a lifetime sentence in prison.
Fines: Transfer of financial information is a misdemeanor conviction and could
result in up to $4,000 in fines. Fraudulent use of identifying information
could result in fines of up to $10,000.
Probation: In some cases, a judge may decide the accused be put on probation instead
of or in addition to jail time. In Texas, probation time lasts 1 year
and the convicted must follow all the rules placed on them by the judge.
For example, a judge may rule the convicted visit their parole officer
weekly or perhaps they may be unable to leave the state.
Restitution: In identity theft cases where the victim has suffered a financial loss,
the court often orders restitutions be paid by the convicted. Restitution
payments are for compensating the victim for the loss and will vary depending
on the case.
If you’ve been accused of identity theft, the best step you can take
now is to hire a qualified attorney to help you build your defense. Our
San Antonio lawyers are well versed in
criminal defense and have a nearly perfect success rate.
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