In recent years, technology has advanced in incredible ways. While most of these advancements are beneficial, there are some darker aspects. For example, all our online activity has made us much more susceptible to identity theft. Identity theft is a common crime, and it is one that is taken very seriously in New Jersey. Read on to learn more about identity theft charges in New Jersey.
What Constitutes Identity Theft?
Many different offenses fall under the category of identity theft. Some of the most common examples of identity theft include:
- Impersonating or falsely assuming the identity of an individual in order to enrich yourself or defraud someone else.
- Pretending to represent a person or organization for your benefit or to defraud someone.
- Obtaining a person’s identifying information so you can assume that identity to:
- Attain some benefit or service
- Avoid payment of a debt or other legal obligation
- Avoid prosecution for a crime by using the victim’s identity.
What Are The Penalties of Identity Theft
Identity theft can severely impact the life of the victim. As a result, the penalties can be serious. If you are charged with identity theft, you may face the following:
- If the amount stolen is less than $500, there is only one victim, and it is the offender’s first offense, identity theft is a fourth-degree crime. This can result in up to 18 months in prison and a fine of up to $10,000
- If the amount that was stolen is between $500 and $750,000, or there are two to four victims involved, identity theft is a third-degree crime, potentially resulting in three to five years in prison and a fine of up to $15,000.
- If more than $75,000 are stolen or there are five or more victims, this level of identity theft is considered a second-degree crime, leading to five to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $150,000.
If you have been charged with identity theft, you will need to contact a skilled criminal defense attorney. Reach out to our firm to discuss your case with a knowledgeable attorney. We are here to explore all of your legal options and advocate for you.
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