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Understanding Identify Theft Charges

If you or your loved one is facing identity theft charges, it is imperative to seek out an aggressive Portland criminal defense attorney who can fight on your behalf. Identity theft has become more of a problem in the past several years. Anyone suspected of any related thefts will likely face charges.

Identity theft is a crime and i usually a local crime. It can very easily be turned into a federal charge, however, depending on the exact circumstances of the case. If the case involves any crossing of state lines, the accused may face more serious charges. Anyone faced with identity theft charges needs to seek a Portland criminal defense lawyer who can stand up for his or her rights.

When someone wrongfully obtains and uses someone else’s personal information, often to obtain credit cards or loans, the law considers that identity theft. Any theft of a social security number, credit card number, bank account information or any other identifying information that could allow another person to profit at the victim’s expense falls in this category. In can occur in many situations. In recent years, it has also occurred when someone has cloned a card swipe and customers continue to use it unknowingly.

The damage goes beyond the initial theft, but can have ripple effects for years. Information can be stolen from simple eavesdropping, or from more active means such as digging through personal belongings or discarded trash to uncover personal information. Either way, any type of theft and utilization of such information is fraud and illegal under identify theft laws.

Much is at stake and the crime is usually prosecuted aggressively. Anyone facing such charges needs to retain the representation of a Portland criminal defense attorney who can fight to protect your rights and freedoms. Call today for your free, initial consultation.

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