Identity theft is incredibly common in today’s day and age. New Jersey courts crack down harshly on all those convicted of stealing, or attempting to steal, the identity of others. If you are currently facing charges involving identity theft in New Jersey, you should hire an experienced New Jersey criminal defense attorney as soon as you can. Here are some of the questions you may have:
How is identity theft defined under New Jersey law?
Identity theft involves the use of someone else’s personal information, such as their Social Security number, to commit an act of fraud. In most cases, identity theft is done for the purpose of financial gain. There are various ways in which a person can commit an act of identity theft, but as long as the state can prove you took or assumed someone else’s identity for personal gain or to harm the victim, you can be convicted of identity theft.
What are the consequences of a crime involving identity theft in NJ?
Depending on the dollar value of the property allegedly stolen and the nature of the crime itself, you can expect to face a wide array of penalties. The consequences of an identity theft conviction in New Jersey are as follows:
- The property stolen was worth less than $500, there was only one victim, and it was your first offense: Up to 18 months incarceration, $10,000 fine, and reimbursement for any losses.
- The property stolen was worth between $500 and $75,000 OR there were between two and four victims: Up to five years incarceration, a $15,000 fine, and reimbursement for any losses.
- The property stolen was worth more than $75,000 or there were between two and five victims: Up to 10 years incarceration, a $150,000 fine, and reimbursement for any losses.
There are a wide array of very serious penalties you may face upon conviction for a crime involving theft of any kind, which is why you should never face them alone. Our New Jersey criminal defense attorneys have the knowledge and skill needed to effectively combat your charges at every turn. All you have to do is pick up the phone and give us a call so we can get started.
Contact our experienced New Jersey firm
If you have recently been charged with a crime, you need knowledgeable legal counsel on your side. Our firm has helped countless individuals navigate the complex legal system for years, and we are ready to provide you with the legal assistance you deserve and need to move on with your life. Contact Rem Katcher Law Group, P.C. today to learn more about how our firm can assist you through this difficult time.