Defending Your Rights Against Identity Theft Charges
In a nutshell, identity theft is using someone’s personal information, such as date of birth, Social Security number, or credit card information, for personal gain. Identity theft cases range from single-incident “dumpster divers” to huge data breach schemes.
Identity theft is almost always a felony in North Carolina, even if it is a first-time offense. So, if you face these changes, it’s important to immediately partner with a Raleigh criminal defense attorney who will fight to protect your rights.
At Sandman, Finn & Fitzhugh, we have successfully handled thousands of identity theft and other fraud matters over the years. We offer aggressive representation and solid legal advice, regardless of the obstacles our clients may face. Since our lawyers have over a half-century of combined experience, we are well-positioned to offer these things to you and your family. To schedule your free case review, call us now at (919) 887-8040.
Identity Theft Penalties in Wake County
North Carolina law essentially treats identity theft like burglary. Both these offenses involve using force to unlawfully take property. So, an identity theft conviction could mean substantial prison time, as well as extraordinarily high fines. Some of these penalties include:
- Maximum 80 months in prison
- Fine of up to $50,000
- Lengthy court supervision
These defendants face possible civil penalties as well. North Carolina law gives identity theft victims a private right of action. The burden of proof in civil court is only a preponderance of the proof (more likely than not). So, even if the state does not have enough evidence to establish guilt in court, civil penalties are a distinct possibility.
Get 50 Years of Experience On Your Side
A felony case is a very scary experience. The Raleigh criminal defense attorneys at Sandman, Finn & Fitzhugh understand the stress and uncertainty these matters cause. So, we offer top legal services to all our clients, regardless of the facts and circumstances related to their cases.
At Sandman, Finn & Fitzhugh, Attorneys at Law, we are ready to help you. Call us now at (919) 887-8040 to schedule your free consultation. We offer home and jail visits.