Credit Card Fraud
Credit card fraud has become an increasing problem over the past decade due to the internet.
People often view credit card misuse as an innocent event not as serious as other crimes. However, because of the substantial financial harm caused by credit card fraud every year, law enforcement agencies take this offense very seriously. If you are under investigation, or have already been arrested and accused of a financial crime, your first call should be to an experienced attorney who understands the best way to defend against this type of charge.
Due to a dramatic increase in credit card fraud in recent years, law enforcement officers, as well as prosecutors, frequently use sophisticated means, such as computer experts, to sway jurors and judges.
Hiring a defense attorney who has access to the same types of sophisticated resources, along with extensive experience defending white-collar crime charges, can help ensure the optimum outcome.
Whether you made a mistake or have been falsely accused of credit card fraud, our extensive experience ensures you will receive the optimal representation.
Conduct Resulting in Credit Card Fraud Charges
With the convenience of the internet and IT access to personal data, many people are tempted to commit the crime of credit card fraud. There are innocent situations where you may not be aware that your actions could lead to criminal charges until you find yourself behind bars. Some acts that could constitute credit fraud include the following:
- Receiving a credit card by mistake
- Using a credit card that was found
- Using someone’s credit card without permission
- Using false information on a credit card application
- Purchasing or selling credit card information
- Stealing someone else’s credit card
- Stealing someone’s personal information to obtain credit
- Counterfeiting a credit card
- Cloning or skimming credit card numbers
- Forging a signature
- Hacking computer systems to locate credit card information
Florida law considers credit card fraud to be a theft crime. Depending upon the act, credit card fraud can be charged as either a first-degree misdemeanor or a third degree felony. If funds are actually stolen, the penalties may increase based upon the amount of money stolen.
Consult With An Experienced Attorney
Theft and credit card fraud charges may lead to felony convictions. Even in the absence of a felony conviction, the charges reflecting upon your criminal history can have far-reaching consequences upon your life.
Credit card fraud can be charged as either a first-degree misdemeanor or a third degree felony depending upon the dollar amount stolen.
A first-degree misdemeanor is punishable by up to one-year imprisonment in the county jail and a fine up to $1,000.
A third-degree felony is punishable by up to five years imprisonment in a federal prison and a fine up to $5,000.
Whether you have been arrested or you are under investigation, you need a skilled and experienced credit card fraud attorney who will eagerly and aggressively defend you. The team at the Law Office of Joshua W. Deckard has extensive experience defending individuals who are accused of white-collar crime charges and we can help you through every step of your case. If you have been accused of credit card fraud, or any other type white-collar crime, please call us today.
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