If you have been charged with identity theft, you know you are facing a serious crime. This is why it is important to have a defense attorney on your side, as these cases can go in many different directions. Identity theft crimes are known as “wobblers”, which means that they can be charged as a misdemeanor or felony depending on the severity of the crime. If you have been charged with identity theft, you are generally charged with making purchases or using cash transfers as a way to steal somebody’s money.
Does the Value Matter?
Yes, this is one of the biggest determining factors when the court decides to charge you with a felony or a misdemeanor. In many states, larceny or theft crimes are charged as misdemeanors if the price of the item is very low, say somewhere between $500-$1,000. However, depending on the circumstances, even in cases where the goods stolen were not worth a lot, somebody could be charged with a felony. Even without money being stolen, identity theft could still be charged as a felony if somebody stole another person’s identity. If it’s in their possession, it’s a crime.
In many cases, your history of theft or other crimes will have a significant effect on your sentencing and what you should expect from it. If you have committed crimes of identity theft in the past, then you may experience some of the worst penalties, like time spent in prison. Even if your criminal history is unrelated to identity theft, you could still suffer from some harsh penalties.
One of the things that will have the biggest effect on you is carrying a crime on your record that could bring serious personal consequences. For instance, in the future it may be hard for you to seek employment if you participated in identity theft, no matter if it was a misdemeanor or a felony… the point is, it will stay on your record. This is why it is important to speak to a defense attorney today who has experience with identity theft laws. Call us today for more information on how we can help.