Identity theft is the act of one individual taking another individual’s personal identifying information without the latter’s permission. Such personally identifying information includes name, address, Social Security number, birth date, and any financial information. Generally, this personal information can be used to open credit card accounts, apply for a job, or use existing bank information to make unauthorized purchases. If you were charged with identity theft, call our skilled Plano white collar crime attorneys today.
Texas state law has mandated that any unauthorized use or possession of personally identifying information is against the law. According to the law, a person may not obtain, possess, transfer, or use personally identifying information of another person without the other’s consent and with the intent to obtain a good, service, insurance, extension of credit, or any other thing of value in the other person’s name.
When an individual is charged with the crime of identity theft, he faces a variety of different penalties. In fact, a defendant faces both civil and criminal punishment.
If convicted of identity theft in Texas, you will likely be forced to pay a fine anywhere between $2,000 and $50,000 for each offense. In addition to fines, the court is allowed to grant equitable relief as it deems necessary.
Generally, equitable relief is meant to:
Furthermore, the state of Texas also allows for the Attorney General to recover any reasonable expenses incurred through obtaining injunctive relief or civil penalties.
Criminal penalties related to identity theft may include jail time and heavy fines. In Texas, the crime of identity theft is considered a felony and therefore carries severe penalties. Similar to other felonies, the penalties will vary depending on how many items were unlawfully possessed and/or transferred by the defendant.
These penalties include:
If you are facing charges after an arrest related to stolen identity, contact an experienced Plano identity theft attorney who has the skills and knowledge needed to work with the facts of your individual case and create a proper defense for your particular situation. Our team has more than 20 years of experience defending the rights of individuals throughout Collin, Dallas, and Tarrant Counties.