Atlanta Identity Theft Attorney
Federal Identity Theft Charges and Penalties
The Federal Identity Theft and Assumption Deterrence Act states that identity theft is committed when a person willfully transfers or uses another's means of identification without proper authority, in order to commit or aid in illegal activity that directly violates federal law or constitutes a felony under state or local laws. Instances of identity theft are investigated by federal agencies, including the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), U.S. Secret Service, and U.S. Postal Inspection Service.
This type of crime is frequently tied in with other federal crimes, including wire fraud, mail fraud, bank fraud, and computer hacking, and carries severe penalties in the event of a conviction. A person successfully convicted of identity theft may face up to 15 years in prison, substantial fines, and forfeiture of any property or assets that were deemed to have been obtained through proceeds from the crime, or used to aid in the commission of the crime.
If you have been connected to an identity theft offense, either through formal investigation or criminal charges, it is in your best interest to contact an Atlanta federal criminal defense attorney who can establish the best legal course of action in your case.
Identity Theft Lawyer in Atlanta
The Law Offices of Howard J. Weintraub, P.C., was established in 1985 in order to provide effective legal defense for those who have been charged with criminal offenses. Our firm believes in employing a determined and aggressive approach to each client's case, in which we directly challenge the accusations of the prosecution and work to cast doubt on the validity of their arguments. Before you go into court make sure you know your rights, have an attorney walk you through the hearing and trial process.