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Identity theft charges in Ohio

Identity theft involves the theft and subsequent use of another person's personal information, typically for the alleged thief's own personal gain. The types of personal information targeted in identity theft include:

-- Bank account information-- Social security numbers-- Credit card numbers and PIN numbers-- Name, address and birth information-- Driver's license numbers-- Internet account passwords

With this information in hand, the alleged thief can then purchase goods and services illegally. In America, identity theft is a federal crime as well as a state crime and is sometimes connected with additional offenses like credit card fraud. A conviction for identity theft can lead to severe consequences such as time in prison as well as massive fines.

If the defendant is convicted, the court will examine several factors during the sentencing phase. These factors typically include the severity of the crime, the amount of harm the crime caused, the amount of financial damage and the defendant's criminal background, if applicable. If the identity theft charges are taken to the federal level, the possible consequences a defendant could suffer may increase.

In Ohio, the best thing a defendant accused of identity theft can do is to seek legal representation as soon as possible. The earlier a defendant can go over the details of his or her case with an attorney, the better the outcome may be. The Goldberg Law Firm is well-versed in the state's identity theft laws and invites you to continue browsing our white-collar crime defense web pages to learn more. We offer top-of-the line defense strategies for Ohio citizens facing identity theft or other fraud charges.

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