Identity theft occurs when a person uses the identity of another person without permission and for their own personal gain while defrauding or harming someone else. Given the numerous ways that identity theft can affect a person's life, Texas prosecutors take charges of this nature very seriously. The penalties for an identity theft conviction depend on the nature of the crime, but it is classified as a felony.
Anyone accused of taking the following can be charged with identity theft:
In the past, identity theft was commonly associated with physically entering a person's property to take information or taking a wallet with an ID card. However, this is no longer the case. With the rise of the internet, identity theft has become more prominent in recent years, and a password can provide access a lot of personal information.
Although it is a felony in all situations, the severity of penalties for identity fraud can vary based on how many pieces of information were taken. It can range anywhere from state jail felony to a first-degree felony, and the penalties for the charge can be anywhere from 180 days to 99 years in prison.
According to Texas Penal Code Section 32.51, the types of charges are as follows:
If you have been accused of identity fraud or any other type of theft crime, it is crucial you secure counsel from a Fort Worth criminal defense lawyer right away. As lead counsel at the Law Office of A. Oliver Hassibi, I have spent 10+ years fighting for the interests of the accused. I understand how confusing and stressful this time can be.
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