Facing charges of identity theft may feel like you do not have options. A West Palm Beach identity theft lawyer can help you figure out your way forward. Especially if you have not had any previous offenses, you probably do not know where to go for help. However, it is important you know that you have options.
The identity theft laws are complicated and quite confusing, so it can be difficult to deal with a situation like this if you do not have a legal background and have never been in this situation before. That is where we can help. Our accomplished identity theft defense lawyers have in-depth experience with these types of cases and can help you build your legal defense, protect your rights, and put a plan of action into place.
What is Identity Theft in West Palm Beach?
The identity theft laws in Florida, covered in Florida Statutes § 817.568, are lengthy and elaborate. Basically, the Statutes make it unlawful to use certain personal identification information to harass someone or to commit fraudulent activity. Personal identification information includes information such as name, mailing address, email address, phone number, social security number, date of birth, driver’s license, passport number, debit or credit card account number, and fingerprints.
Depending upon the facts, identity theft can be either a felony or misdemeanor. Misdemeanor offenses are a less serious crime than felony offenses. The offense is more serious if the facts involve personal identification information of 20 or more people. Additionally, the classification of the crime is more serious the greater the amount of money involved.
Possible Defenses to Identity Theft Charges
It is important that anyone facing these charges understand that they are innocent until proven otherwise. This means the state must prove every element of the charge. For identity theft, the state must prove, beyond are reasonable doubt, either the fraudulent use of the personal identification information or that the individual possessed the intent to defraud. Without this, the state cannot secure a conviction. This is important because sometimes a person facing these charges did not have the required intent. Or, in some cases, the person facing these accusations may have had permission or consent to use the personal identification information. A West Palm Beach identity theft defense lawyer could examine a person’s case and determine which defense strategy best suits their case.
How a West Palm Beach Identity Theft Attorney Can Help
A West Palm Beach identity theft lawyer could help you find your way forward. You may not have experience dealing with cases like this, but we do. We can conduct a full assessment of your case and guide you each step of the way so you know what your options are and what to expect. We can work with you to build your case plan. We can review all evidence the state has to build a strong defense.
We will assess the evidence to determine whether one—or many—of the required elements are missing from the State’s evidence. Let us help. Call today to schedule your free consultation.