If you have been charged with identity theft in Arizona, you may face serious consequences. Depending on the severity of the offense, you could be facing anywhere from probation to jail time. Additionally, you may be required to pay restitution for the crime.
Since identity theft can result in serious consequences, our team at Suzuki Law Offices explains what to do if you have been charged with identity theft in Arizona.
If you face indentity theft charges, contact our team today at (602) 842-6762 to get started on your defense!
How Does Arizona Define Identity Theft?
Under A.R.S. 13-2008, identity theft occurs when someone uses another person’s personal information without their permission. This can include using someone’s Social Security number, credit card number, or bank account information. Identity theft can also occur when someone uses another person’s name or date of birth to obtain goods or services.
It is also considered identity theft if someone uses another person’s personal information to commit fraud or deception against that person. Additionally, it is against the law to knowingly possess or control another person’s personal information if it was obtained through fraudulent means.
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Identity Theft Charges in Arizona
Identity theft is a Class 4 felony in Arizona and can carry a prison sentence up to 2.5 years. This means that if you are convicted of identity theft, you will have a felony on your record. Being a felon can make it difficult to secure employment, housing, and education opportunities. You may also lose your right to vote or possess a firearm. In addition to facing fines and imprisonment, you may also be required to forfeit any property that was allegedly used to commit the crime.
Charges Based on the Severity of the Crime
If the plaintiff only suffered a small financial loss because of the identity theft, then the offender can be charged with a class 5 felony. If convicted, they may face up to 2 years in prison and a fine of up to $150,000.
However, if the plaintiff suffered a loss of more than $2,000 because of the identity theft, then the offense will be charged as a class 4 felony. If convicted of this charge, offenders may face up to 3 ½ years in prison and fines of up to $250,000. Additionally, if the offender has been previously convicted of an identity theft offense or forgery offense within 7 years before committing this crime, then they will automatically be charged with a class 4 felony.
What Leads to Identity Theft Charges in Arizona?
In Arizona, identity theft can take many forms. Some of the most common include:
Using someone else’s credit card without their permission
Stealing someone’s checkbook or bank account information
Filing a false tax return using someone else’s Social Security Number
Applying for a loan using someone else’s personal information
Creating a fake driver’s license or ID card using another person’s information
These are just a few examples of how someone can be charged with identity theft in Arizona.
Seek Legal Guidance
If you have been charged with identity theft, it is important that you seek legal assistance as soon as possible. Our team at Suzuki Law Offices can review the facts of your case and help you understand your options. We have helped individuals charged with fraudulent use of a credit card or debit card, hacking, and more. We know how prosecutors think and the strategies they use, so we are equipped to help you develop a strong defense on your behalf.
Get in touch with our team today at (602) 842-6762 to schedule a consultation!