Accused of Credit Card Fraud?
Enlist Defense from a Chesapeake Theft Crime Lawyer
Identity theft and credit card fraud are becoming more and more prevalent. If you have been accused, you need an attorney to protect your rights and fight tirelessly to protect your rights. Choosing an attorney is an important decision to have to make, but it is also essential to fighting the charges.
Credit card fraud may be charged as a form of a theft crime, with the possibility of a federal offense. Prosecutors work hard to secure convictions and do not take an accusation lightly. Because we at J. Bouchard Law, have experienced on both state and federal courts, we are confident in our ability to take your case to trial before any judge to obtain a favorable verdict.
What Are the Penalties I Could Face?
Because this crime is considered a theft crime, the offense may also be classified as a Grand Larceny charge, because another person’s credit card info was stolen. Credit card fraud is considered a Class 1 misdemeanor if the amounts that were stolen are less than $200. Above that, it is considered a class 6 felony charge.
The penalties for credit card fraud could include:
Misdemeanor (less than $200):
- Up to 12 months in jail
- Fine of $2, 5000
Felony (over $200):
- State prison sentence from 1 to 5 years
- Up to 12 months in jail
- Fine of up to $2, 500
If you believe that you were authorized to use a credit card and you were arrested, it is imperative that you retain counsel from a Chesapeake theft crime attorney right away. Prosecutors have the burden of proving several elements to credit card fraud. Their arguments must prove that you intended to take the credit card from another, goods were purchased with the intention of using the stolen credit card, and that the card was, in fact, taken illegally. You do have rights, though, and you must protect those rights if you believe you were falsely accused or that you had no intention of defrauding another.
Do Not Hesitate to Contact Us!
We understand that you may be feeling disheartened because you are facing criminal charge. Trust that J. Bouchard Law is here to fight your charges and take on your case from beginning to end. Because our defense team is more than well-equipped to challenge credit card fraud charges, as well as other crimes on the federal court level, we are dedicated to protecting your reputation.
When you need aggressive defense, there is only one firm you should turn to. Call us now for a free case evaluation so that we can begin building your defense!