Credit card fraud is a violation of federal law and is defined as using another person’s credit or debit card information for personal gain. The person accused of committing fraud does not have permission from the owner to make any transactions or purchases. Credit card fraud is occurring with greater frequency across the United States, and law enforcement is on high alert.
If you find yourself facing these charges and believe you have been falsely accused, call Jason D. Lamm Attorney At Law! As a criminal defense lawyer in Phoenix with over 25 years of experience, he knows the full spectrum of the justice system and can use that to your advantage.
How Prosecutors View Credit Card Fraud
Credit card fraud can be either a misdemeanor or a felony, depending on the amount of theft involved. If the theft exceeds $250, it is considered a felony in Arizona. Anyone convicted of a fraud crime could face a combination of jail time, fines, probation, and paying restitution to fraud victims. The crime of credit card fraud can encompass many different circumstances.
Here are the possible scenarios where one can be considered guilty:
- Physically stealing the credit card and using the card without the owner’s permission.
- Hacking the card owner’s credit card and personal information to gain access to the account.
- Holding another person’s credit card with the intention to defraud—even if no transactions took place.
The penalties may only enhance the higher the amount of money involved. For example, if more than $5, 000 was stolen or used fraudulently, then one could face enhanced charges and penalties. Credit card fraud may also be charged as part of the commission of another crime, such as identity theft. Having a Phoenix white collar crime attorney sit down with you to discuss your concerns may be invaluable at crafting a strategic, effective defense.
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Attorney Jason D. Lamm has successfully represented numerous clients in prominent cases involving fraud cases and white collar crime cases. He is ready to stand up for you in the court of law. He knows the judicial system intimately and can anticipate a prosecutor’s arguments. These cases tend to be prosecuted fairly aggressively in our state, but he knows precisely how to build a strong case and counter the arguments.
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