One of the most common forms of fraud is identity theft. While identity theft is not a new crime, with the growing prominence of the internet, the incidence of identity theft is certainly growing rapidly. Generally speaking, identity theft is the use of another person’s personal information in order to obtain money or anything else of value without their permission. This may include applying for government services, loans or other financial services, or purchasing property using someone else’s personal information. The kinds of personal information used in identity theft may include social security numbers, internet security information such as account passwords, or information taken from documents such as passports, driver’s licenses, or business papers.
Identity theft is a Class 4 felony, and one whose prosecution is being made a priority in many jurisdictions. With the growing problem that identity theft has presented in the United States and in Colorado, don’t let identity theft charges ruin your life. Sometimes, when a particular offense is made a major priority, people may forget that being charged with a crime is not the same as being guilty of that crime. If you have been charged with identity theft, or if you believe that you may be charged with identity theft, there are two important things to remember as you face the criminal justice system. First, you are innocent until proven guilty. Second, and perhaps most important, you do not have to face criminal charges alone.
Remembering that the burden of proof in a criminal case is on the state, there are a number of strategies that an attorney can use to earn an acquittal if your case goes to trial. However, one of the main roles of an identity theft defense attorney is to protect your rights as you move through the justice system. If your rights are violated, your attorney may be able to have the charges dropped. In the event of a conviction, your attorney will work to get you the least restrictive penalty possible.
Remember, you never have to stand alone to face criminal charges. John Fuller is an experienced identity theft defense attorney who can work with you to get the best possible outcome from a bad situation. Of course, every case is different, but John Fuller fights hard for every client and has a thorough understanding of the criminal justice system. For more information and a FREE CASE EVALUATION contact John at (303)597-4500.