Defending Identity Theft Charges
At Stechschulte Nell Law, some of the most common types of federal criminal cases we deal with are identity theft. This is not surprising, as there are around 3 million complaints received by the Consumer Sentinel Network each year regarding identity theft. If you have been accused of or believe you are under investigation for identity fraud, it is critical that you contact a federal defense attorney right away.
Ben Stechschulte of Stechschulte Nell is a board certified criminal trial law attorney. This puts him among the top two percent of attorneys in Florida who hold this certification. He is also a former prosecutor and has extensive federal defense experience, and this makes him uniquely qualified to help you as you build your identity theft defense.
Understanding Identity Theft Cases
Identity theft is any misuse of another person’s identifying information, including both personal and financial. This can include everything from using stolen credit card or debit card information to using an individual’s Social Security numbers to access federal benefits or open new financial accounts.
Often, identity theft cases involve tax or Social Security fraud. In these cases, an individual is accused of using someone’s personal information to file fraudulent tax returns or gather government benefits unfairly.
Federal Identity Theft Laws
Because of recent federal laws, these actions have serious, far-reaching penalties. In 1998, Congress passed the Identity Theft and Assumption Deference Act, which made identity theft a federal crime. The Theft Penalty Enhancement Act of 2004 added increased penalties for aggravated identity theft charges, requiring a minimum of two years in prison. Because of these acts, identity theft charges require prompt, decisive action, because your liberty and future are at risk. They also require the services of a federal defense attorney.
Unlike many Tampa defense attorneys, Stechschulte Nell has the experience and permission to represent those facing federal charges. If you have been accused of identity theft, it is imperative that you contact Florida attorneys Ben Stechschulte & Amy Nell immediately.
Building a Solid Defense in Identity Theft Cases
Stechschulte Nell has extensive experience assisting individuals facing identity theft charges. In these cases, our criminal defense firm will:
- Work to convince the U.S. District Attorney that the charge of aggravated identity theft does not apply to your case.
- Dig into the evidence to find mitigating circumstances that lead to a dismissal of the charges.
- Negotiate the case outside of court to avoid stresses and costs of court.
- Provide aggressive representation in court if needed.
Choose An Expert Identity Fraud Attorney
All criminal charges need aggressive representation, but the far-reaching implications and minimum two-year sentence attached to identity theft charges are even more serious.
The sooner we can start building your fraud defense, the better for your case, so contact us as soon as you suspect you may be under investigation or the moment you are arrested on suspicion of identity theft.
Schedule your free consultation with Stechschulte Nell Law firm in Tampa, FL today online or call us 24/7 at 813-280-1244.