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What to do when charged with identify theft

On Behalf of | Feb 14, 2024 | White-Collar Crimes

Facing criminal charges of any kind is a threat to your future. Regardless of what you are up against, a conviction could lead to extensive time behind bars and other consequences that could affect the rest of your life. It is critical to take this threat to your long-term interests seriously and work diligently to defend any allegations you are facing, even when facing white-collar criminal charges. 

White-collar crimes are offenses that are committed with the intent of financial gain. While these types of crimes do not involve an element of violence, they are federal crimes, which means that they come with the potential for particularly severe penalties. One of the most common types of white-collar crimes is identify theft.  

An understanding of this crime 

Identity theft is a term used to describe many different types of criminal actions, but it always involves the use of personal information of someone else for the purpose of financial gain. This is fraud, even if it involves small amounts of money. In order to commit identity theft, there is theft of personal information or sensitive data. This can take place over the internet, through phishing scams, deceiving individuals into giving their information, stealing mail or sifting through trash cans, and more. Types of identity theft include: 

  • Financial identity theft 
  • Medical identity 
  • Social Security identity theft 
  • Synthetic identity theft 
  • Tax identity theft 
  • Criminal identity theft 

Identify theft can include complex operations, but it often includes things such as opening credit cards or applying for loans in false names. The federal government takes any type of fraud seriously, and the court prosecutes these cases to the fullest extent of the law. Even if you do not believe that the case against you is strong or that the charges against you are serious, you would be wise to take your situation seriously and work to develop an effective defense strategy. 

A strong defense 

You can begin working on your defense strategy as soon as possible after you learn of an investigation into your activities, or after being charged with identity theft in Michigan or other type of white-collar crime. You will benefit from seeking the insight of an experienced professional who can offer you defense support and guidance as you navigate the criminal justice system and fight for your future interests.