Facing Charges for Identity Theft in FL?
Using someone else’s personal information without their consent constitutes identity theft, a charge which can carry serious penalties, even prison time, if a conviction is reached. While you or a loved one may have been accused of wrongdoing, you need to be aware that you have certain rights no matter what you have been suspected of doing. When your future is at stake, make sure you call a trusted Miami identity theft defense attorney from our firm immediately.
Rothman & Associates, P.A. has been serious defending criminal cases for more than 35 years, meaning we know what it takes to win. Lead attorney Rothman is a Board Certified Criminal Trial lawyer and Criminal Trial Advocacy Specialist, so you can trust that we can provide you with counsel you can rely on and fierce advocacy to protect your freedom at all costs.
What counts as identity theft?
The motivation for stealing a person’s identity can affect the charges and sentencing, since identities can theoretically be stolen for any number of reasons.
Identity theft can be associated with crimes including:
- Identity theft for prescription drugs
- Fraudulent use of debit and credit cards
- Check forgery
- Claiming to be another person at the scene of a crime
- Internet fraud and cyber crimes
Florida Identity Theft Laws
In Florida, the act of using another’s personal information to obtain property or other items valuing more than $5,000 are facing a second-degree felony. Identity theft can be charged as either a misdemeanor or felony, and either in State of Federal courts, depending on the unique circumstances of your accusation.
As an example, using another person’s personal Information can result in at least a third degree felony charge in state court, but carry a 2 year minimum prison sentence in Federal court. The penalty for many identity theft charges can be long prison sentences, sometimes as long as 30-40 years, and extremely large fines, even in excess of $1,000,000.
Your Defense Must Begin Today
You need to reach out to a skilled Miami theft crime defense lawyer as soon as you are arrested to begin your defense. Our firm can fight hard to undermine the prosecution’s case against you in any number of ways. We fully understand what you are up against with identity theft charges and we can keep you fully informed of your rights and how we can help.