Credit card fraud and theft are treated seriously by the New Jersey justice system, and can carry prison time, heavy fines and civil penalties depending on the severity of the offense. Unfortunately, regardless of whether you did not intend to defraud someone or take a credit card, these charges can land you in serious trouble.
An experienced theft and fraud defense attorney knows that the circumstances of these crimes can be the result of even a simple misunderstanding or mistake made in desperation, and will fight as hard as possible to ensure that you get the minimum sentence possible and the second chance you deserve.
What do credit card theft or fraud charges include?
These charges cover a range of offenses that include:
- Being in possession of two or more credit cards not in your name – regardless of whether they have been used or not.
- Using a credit card that is not in your name.
- Applying for a credit card using false information.
- Signing for a credit card when you are not the named person on the card.
- Using a credit card when the account has been closed.
While most credit card cases are charged as fourth degree crimes with a possible penalty of 18 months in prison, some cases are charged in the third degree, which can mean up to 5 years behind bars. Your sentence may also be influenced by other factors in the case, including your previous criminal history (if any) and the details of the crime itself. It is up to your attorney to use this information to build the strongest defense possible and show your case in a way that will minimize these penalties as much as possible.
Don’t let a misunderstanding or mistake cost you your freedom – Speak to defense attorney Denis Calo today
Dennis Calo is a former prosecutor in the New Jersey criminal justice system, and has inside knowledge of how the prosecution system works and he can build a robust defense against your fraud charges and fight for your rights.
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