Fraud, Forgery and Identity Theft in Arizona
In the internet age, fraud, forgery and identity theft in Arizona and across the globe have become bigger problems than at any point in history. Stealing someone’s identity, defrauding and forging of important documents or signatures can have extremely detrimental consequences in the victim’s life, and the consequences of which are severe. These offenses can come with serious prison time as high as two and a half years in prison.
Credit Card Theft in Arizona
The severity of the laws and penalties for fraudulent use of a credit card are based on the value of the items purchased with the card. If less that $250, the crime is a misdemeanor and 6 months in jail. If the value is between $250 and $1000, it is a felony with up to 1 year in prison. If the value is over $1000, this is a felony with up to 1 and a half years in prison.
Forgery in Arizona
If you created or altered a written document, possessed a forged document, or tried to pass one off as legitimate, you may be charged with forgery in Arizona. Forgery is a very severe Class 4 felony with a potential of 4 and a half years in prison for first time offenders.
Identity Theft in Arizona
Arizona has the most identity theft cases in the country. Due to this fact, the state makes a point to prosecute these cases very aggressively. If you have take another person’s identity, you can expect the potential of 2 and a half years in prison for your first offense.
Are you facing charges of fraud, forgery or identity theft in Arizona? Don’t hesitate. Contact a certified criminal law specialist like Todd Coolidge today to discuss your case in detail and begin preparing your defense.
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