You've been charged with identity theft, and you're not even sure you did anything wrong.
You're not alone. While many people know that identity theft is a crime, few people understand what falls under the umbrella of this particular white-collar offense until they find themselves facing criminal charges.
When most people think of identity theft, they think about someone unknown digging through trash to find credit card numbers, bank account numbers and other important information they can use to steal an identity. In reality, the most common forms of identity theft are much simpler. Consider, for example, these possible scenarios:
Most cases of identity theft involve people who know each other, but that doesn't stop a prosecutor from aggressively pursuing charges.
The passing of the Identity Theft and Assumption Deterrence Act in 1998 made this crime a federal felony offense. The subsequent enactment of the Theft Penalty Enhancement Act of 2004 instituted a mandatory 2-year penalty for repeat identity theft offenders and a 5-year one for those convicted of terrorism-related offenses.
Like anyone charged with white-collar criminal offenses, you're facing some pretty stiff penalties if prosecutors successfully secure a conviction in your case. An attorney can let you know what those penalties are and advise you of the importance of crafting a solid defense strategy anytime you're facing such serious criminal charges here in Colorado Springs.