Fraudulent Use Or Possession Of Identifying Information in Texas

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Posted on: December 4, 2016

Fraudulent Use Or Possession Of Identifying Information Attorney in Austin, Texas

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According to the Texas Penal Code, a person commits the offense of Fraudulent Use Or Possession Of Identifying Information if he or she obtains, possesses, or transfers “the identifying information of an individual without his or her consent” with the intent to harm someone. A common example of Fraudulent Use Or Possession Of Identifying Information is an individual who steals another person’s credit card number or social security card.  A person may also commit the offense of Fraudulent Use Or Possession Of Identifying Information if he or she possesses the information of someone under 18-years of age, or if that information is from a deceased person (such as an old drivers’ license or social security card).

Identifying information” refers to items such as a person’s name and date of birth, fingerprints, and personal banking information such as routing/account/credit card numbers, and/or social security number.

Fraudulent Use Or Possession Of Identifying Information is a serious offense. If convicted, you may not face only jail time and fines, but may also experience difficulty securing future housing and employment. If you or someone you know has been accused of the crime of fraud, contact our office today. Jason Trumpler has over 15-years experience in criminal law, and has gotten hundreds of cases successfully reduced or completely dismissed. Call our office at 512-457-5200.

Potential Consequences

On the criminal level, the crime of Fradulent Use or Possession of Identifying Information is prosecuted as a felony. The degree of the felony with which you are charged with depends on the severity of the allegations:

• If the items obtained/transferred/used were less than 5: State Jail Felony with 6-months – 2-years in prison and up to a $10,000 fine.
• If the items obtained/transferred/used were 5 or more but less than 10: 3rd Degree Felony with 2 – 10-years in prison and up to a $10,000 fine.
• If the items obtained/transferred/used were 10 or more but less than 50: 2nd Degree Felony with 2 – 20-years in prison and up to a $10,000 fine.
• If the items obtained/transferred/used were 50 or more: 1st Degree Felony with 5 – 99-years in prison and up to a $10,000 fine.

Additionally, it can be difficult to find housing or employment as a fraud conviction on your record may make you appear untrustworthy.

Contact Us at 512-457-5200

If you or someone you know has been charged with the crime of fraud, we can help. Jason Trumpler has over 15-years of experience successfully defending individuals from counties including Travis, Williamson, Hays, Comal, Coryell, Bell, Lee, Burnet, and Bastrop. Call us today at 512-457-5200.

 

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