At Ashley D. Adams, PLC, we have a well-established track record of success that can make a difference, whether in defending charges of white collar crime, health care fraud, financial fraud, general fraud charges, other criminal or civil matters, or representing our clients during a government investigation.
AN EXPERIENCED PHOENIX CRIMINAL DEFENSE LAWYER
If you have been arrested for identity theft, Criminal Defense Lawyer Ashley Adams is prepared to defend your rights. Arizona has consistently been the state with the highest number of identity theft complaints registered with the Federal Trade Commission. Special task forces have been organized to arrest anyone suspected of stealing another person’s identity. Prosecutors are taking these crimes seriously and are aggressively seeking convictions. The punishment for identity theft can result in a prison term from 5 to 30 years, as well as community service, probation and significant fines. If you or a loved one has been arrested, or is under investigation for identity fraud, you need an experienced criminal defense attorney. At the Law Offices of Ashley Adams, our experienced identity theft attorneys can protect your rights in both state and federal court. It is essential that you contact Ashley Adams as soon as possible. There may be aspects of your case that can be challenged in court, and you will need the help of one of our skilled attorneys to provide you with a strong, effective defense.
WHAT IS IDENTITY THEFT?
Identity theft occurs when someone uses someone else’s personal identifying information without that person’s permission to commit fraud or other crimes. Approximately 9 million people in the United States have their identities stolen every year. A victim’s personal or financial identifying information can include any of the following:
Once someone has another’s personal information, it can be used in a variety of ways, such as:
PENALTIES FOR IDENTITY THEFT
Under Arizona statutes, taking the identity of another person with the intent to use it for an unlawful purpose is a Class 4 felony with a 2 ½ year presumptive prison term. Two additional identity theft offenses have been established:
Depending upon the circumstances, a person may violate federal and/or state law. For example, use of the Internet in identity theft usually crosses state lines and could be charged as a federal crime. Federal sentences after conviction could range from 5 to 30 years in federal prison. A fine may also be imposed and the defendant is required to surrender any personal property used, or was intended to be used, to commit the crime. If you have been accused or arrested for identity theft, you may face harsh prosecution in state or federal court. Our attorneys will work hard to provide you with the best possible defense. Many times mitigating factors exist (such as drug or alcohol addiction, illegal immigration status, or psychological issues) that will allow negotiation with the prosecutor for lesser charges. In these cases, the state may opt to get you help instead of pronouncing ineffective punishment. Contact Ashley Adams today via this website or via phone at (480) 219-1366 for a case evaluation.