Credit Card Fraud in Florida
Did you know by simply signing a credit card for someone, you could be charged for identity theft and credit card fraud? If you or a loved one has been charged with credit card or debit card fraud in the Orlando, FL area, you need to contact one of our experienced credit card fraud lawyers right away.
Credit card fraud covers offenses including dishonest use of someone else’s card. Whether or not you have the physical card in your possession it does not matter, simply imputing a credit card number online constitutes a credit card fraud or account take over. Credit card companies are quick at investigating when there are dishonest practices taking place, and they will prosecute whoever commits such crime.
Credit card fraud may also include charges of identity theft, which involves the use of another person’s personal information without their consent. Such offenses could result in severe punishment, prison time, fines, or both. The punishment for such crimes will depend on the on the charges, whether is a misdemeanor or a felony.
When charged with a first-degree misdemeanor, a person’s conviction may lead to a sentence of imprisonment for up to a year, a fine in an amount up to $1,000, or even both. If the crime is sentenced as a third-degree felony, imprisonment may last up to five years, and the potential fine increases to a maximum of $5,000.
Under the Florida Statute Title XLVI. § 817.57 credit card offenses may include:
- Theft by taking possession or holding the card taken
- Theft of a credit card that was lost or delivered by mistake
- Buying or selling someone else’s card
- Having a credit card of someone else as a security for debt
- Selling personal information of another for online purchases
- Phishing credit card numbers or information from another
- Dealing of fake credit card
- Signing credit card for somebody else
- Unlawful control of a stolen credit or debit card
- Using someone else expired credit card
- Altering of credit card numbers
In such cases the burden of proof is on the prosecutor to show you knew the card was forged, stolen, or unlawfully obtained. Having a highly experience federal criminal defense attorney on your side will make the State’s case harder and your chances of winning the case even higher.
Here at Smith & Eulo Law Firm: Orlando Criminal Defense Lawyers, we are ready to hear your side of the story and serve you with a whole back up team ready. We have dealt with many cases related to credit card and debit card fraud, and the success rate is extremely high.
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