Most people believe that in America, you are innocent until proven guilty. But although this is a legal concept, it is not necessarily a practical one. You are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law, but that does not mean a prosecutor will give you that same benefit of doubt when trying to convict you. When it comes to identity theft, prosecutors presume you are guilty until you are able to prove your innocence. That is why you need an aggressive, dedicated criminal defense attorney to take your side.
Identity theft is the act of pretending to be someone else, particularly for monetary gain. If you use someone else’s Social Security number to apply for an auto loan, you can be charged with identity theft. If you make purchases online with someone else’s credit card number, you can be charged with identity theft. Prosecutors come down hard on this crime because it requires diligent effort. In most cases, you would have to dig deep to learn someone else’s Social Security number or credit card number. You would have to infiltrate their computer files or locate receipts they received from their own transactions. This can be a “slam dunk” for prosecutors. The fact that you have the numbers at all indicates that you worked hard to get them with the intent of committing a crime.
Identity theft is usually a white collar crime, but that does not make it any less serious. If you are facing criminal charges for identity theft, you need an experienced attorney to tackle your defense and prove your innocence. You need a lawyer who can creatively and aggressively work past the prosecutor’s presumption that you are guilty. These types of charges require a lot of work and effort to turn the tide back in your favor. The attorneys at Katz & Phillips will commit to that work and effort and will do whatever is necessary to prepare your case and get you a favorable result.