Atlanta Identity Theft Defense Attorneys
Representing People Accused of Identity Theft in Georgia
In the age of modern technology, the issue of identity theft has become a serious concern for consumers in Georgia, and all across the United States. Identity theft is also a complex area of the law because there are many separate offenses under the umbrella of “identity theft.” If you have been charged with identity theft, you may be facing serious consequences. It is vital to contact an experienced attorney who can help you get your charges reduced or even dismissed. The attorneys at Abt Law Firm, LLC have over 24 years of experience representing people accused of identity theft in Georgia.
Contact our experienced Atlanta identity theft attorney today for a free case review at (678) 582-2272.
Identity Theft Law in Georgia
There are different types of crimes that are considered identity theft. Identity theft crimes face serious consequences that can affect a person’s freedom and future. It is important to note that Georgia law does not consider a minor using a fake identification to purchase alcohol or tobacco products or to get into a bar, under the umbrella of identity theft. These crimes are classified under separate statutes with their penalties.
Under Georgia law, all of the following are forms of identity theft:
- Using another person’s information without consent with the intent of committing fraud.
- Using the information of a minor in the individual’s custody.
- Using the information of an individual who is deceased.
- Creating a false or fictitious identity to commit fraud or other crimes.
- Creating, counterfeiting, or falsifying another person’s information to commit fraud or other crimes.
- Accepting information that is known to be false, fraudulent, or fictitious.
How Serious are Identity Theft Charges?
Georgia law considers identity theft charges to be a felony with strict penalties if a conviction is obtained. Penalties for a conviction may result in the following:
- First offense - Fines of up to $100,000, between 1 and 10 years incarceration in prison, or both.
- Second or subsequent offense - Fines of up to $250,000, between three and 15-years incarceration in prison, or both
- Aggravated identity theft - A crime is considered aggravated when there are additional mitigating circumstances that exacerbate the crime, such as using someone else’s identity to obtaining employment. The penalties for aggravated identify theft include fines of up to $250,000, and up to 15-years incarceration in prison.
- Forgery – Forgery is a separate set of charges divided into first and second-degree offenses. First-degree forgery is punishable by one to 10-years in prison. Second-degree forgery is punishable by 1 to 5 years in prison
In addition to these penalties, the State of Georgia may seek additional penalties depending on nature and extenuating circumstances relating to the incident that resulted in criminal charges.
Atlanta Identity Theft Charges Defense
Anyone in Georgia who has been charged with identity theft should obtain legal representation immediately after being arrested. Because this is such a complex area of law, it is important to have the guidance of an experienced Atlanta criminal defense attorney who can examine all aspects of the arrest and pending charges. In many cases, a skilled criminal defense attorney can negotiate a more favorable outcome than incarceration and steep fines. The attorneys at Abt Law Firm, LLC have over 24 years of experience helping the people of Atlanta. We have successfully handled over 2,500 cases, and over 100 jury trials. Our team is equipped to help you obtain the best possible results for your case.
Contact our Atlanta identity theft defense attorneys today for a free case review at (678) 582-2272!