Identity theft can devastate your credit and your finances, and being charged with committing identity theft can have long-term effects on your future. Whether you are the victim of identity theft or have been accused of committing an identity theft crime, you need an experienced criminal defense attorney from S.L. England, PLLC, to fight to restore your credit and clear your name.
What is Identity Theft?
Identity theft is a broad category that covers actions that involve stealing data and/or identifying information to assume another person's identity. This may include:
- Using another person's identifying information to obtain real or personal property.
- Selling or giving another person's identifying information to a third party so the third party can obtain real or personal property.
- Using another person's identifying information to commit or conceal a crime.
- Establishing credit in a child's name.
- Obtaining utility services in another person's name.
- Obtaining medical care using another person's identifying information, including insurance information.
- Using another person's information to receive a tax refund.
- Obtaining employment using another person's identifying information.
Burden of Proof
When you are the victim of identity theft, your creditors and bank place the burden of proof on you to show that you were the victim of identity theft or other fraud.
An experienced identity theft attorney can help you meet the burden of proof to remove fraudulent charges and restore your credit. This may include providing your creditors or bank with police reports you have made regarding the identity theft; proof of current address; and current identifying information such as your social security number and driver's license.
In some cases, a relative or close friend steals your identity, and you may be reluctant to press criminal charges against them, but you still need to restore your credit. An identity theft attorney can guide you through the criminal and civil legal process while fighting to promptly restore your credit by challenging any inaccurate information on your credit report.
Identity Theft Criminal Defense
If you have been charged with identity theft in Washington, D.C., you need an experienced criminal defense attorney to fight for you.
If the property obtained through identity theft has any value, or if another person is falsely accused of committing a crime because of the identity theft, you could be charged with Identity Theft in the Second Degree, which has penalties that include 180 days in jail and a fine up to $1,000.
If the property obtained through identity theft has a value of $1,000 or more, you could be charged with Identity Theft in the First Degree, which has penalties that include up to 10 years in prison and fines up to $25,000.
Do You Need an Identity Theft Attorney in Washington, D.C.?
Whether you have been the victim of identity theft and need to restore your credit or you are accused of committing an identity theft crime, you need an experienced Washington, D.C. identity theft attorney to fight for you. The attorneys at S.L. England, PLLC, have the experience to resolve your case out of court or to effectively argue your case in front of a judge or jury in any court. Call us today at (202) 572-1020 or contact us online