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Charged with identity theft? Here is what you should know

Identity theft is a well-known type of crime, yet people do not really understand what this entails or what it could mean if they are facing charges of identity theft. Any type of white collar crime or financial crime is a serious offense, and a conviction can bring serious penalties. If you are facing these types of allegations, you would be wise to take your case seriously and prepare a meaningful defense strategy. 

This type of white collar crime takes place when someone uses the identity of another person for financial gain. For example, this can happen if someone uses a person's information to open a credit card or another type of account. Thanks to the internet, it is easier than ever to access sensitive information, and there are both state and federal laws against it.

What is it?

Identity theft happens when someone obtains another person's information without his or her permission. It involves some method of fraud or deception, and most of the time, there is a financial motivation behind it. The most common means of obtaining this type of information is through financial documents or government entities, as well as stolen mail, wallets, credit cards and identification.

It is a crime to steal another person's information and use it, and the government takes these cases very seriously. The following organizations investigate and prosecute these crimes: 

  • The Federal Bureau of Investigation
  • Postal Inspection Service
  • Federal Trade Commission
  • Secret Service

This type of crime often takes place without the victim knowing it is happening. There is no act of violence or physical harm that occurs as a result of identity theft. Because of these reasons, it is easy to overlook the serious nature of identity theft. These are grave criminal offenses, and the consequences of a conviction can include extensive time behind bars. 

A strong defense

Whether you are only under investigation for identity theft or you are already facing criminal charges, it is in your interests to take your situation seriously. It is never too early or too late to benefit from the experienced guidance of a Tennessee criminal defense attorney.

An assessment of your case is a good place to start to understand more about this type of white collar crime. This initial step can also provide you with an understanding of how you can develop an effective defense strategy that will give you the best chance of preserving your future interests.

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