Identity theft is considered a “white collar” crime, which a general title for crimes that don’t involve violence of any kind, such as fraud, forgery, money laundering and the like. However, just because identity theft does not involve violence, it does not mean that the punishments aren’t severe. In fact, quite the opposite. In the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, if you are charged with identity theft, you are under serious threat.
Examples Of Identity Theft
Some common examples of identity theft include but are not limited to:
- Using another person’s personal information to apply for benefits from the government, such as Medicaid or food stamps
- Using another person’s personal checks
- Stealing someone else’s ID card, credit card, or driver’s license for the purpose of fraud
- Applying for credit cards using someone else’s name and personal information
- Applying for a loan of any kind using someone else’s name and personal information
How To Defend Yourself Against Identity Theft Charges
Before giving a statement to police or consenting to any search of your person or property, you need to contact a criminal defense attorney. You have certain rights under the law that can be invoked, and it’s not likely that investigating law enforcement will ensure that you invoke those rights.