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Houston Identity Theft Lawyers

In the 21st century, a person’s identifying information gives them access to an unprecedented range of services at the click of a button. The digital age has made simple pieces of information like a credit card number, Social Security number, and other personal details worth an almost immeasurable sum. As a result, the law’s standards on identity theft have increased substantially, prosecuting individuals over a variety of different charges.

If you have been accused of identity theft, you need to discuss your situation with an experienced attorney. Contact the Houston identity theft attorneys of Johnson, Johnson & Baer, P.C., at 713-222-0400 for a free consultation.

Charges Linked to Identity Theft

The circumstances of identity theft mean that several different crimes may be committed with a single act of identity theft. In the most widespread cases, online fraud or credit card theft may relate to these charges, as these forms of theft often require personal information. In other cases, the crime involves stealing protected identity markers such as security badges or computer passwords. A prosecutor may press the following charges in an identity theft case:

  • Fraudulent use or possession of identifying information
  • Unlawful interception, use, or disclosure of wire, oral, or electronic communications
  • Unlawful access to stored communications
  • Theft
  • Forgery
  • Credit card or debit card abuse
  • False statement to obtain property or credit
  • Breach of computer security

Identity theft cases are pursued according to the means of how the information was stolen and how it was used. The severity of each of these charges may depend on the value of the stolen property. For instance, theft becomes a felony in the state of Texas if the value of the property in question exceeds $1500.

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If you have been charged with identity theft, an experienced attorney may be able to help you get these charges dropped or have sentencing reduced. To learn more about your defense options, contact the Houston identity theft lawyers of Johnson, Johnson & Baer, P.C., by calling 713-222-0400 today.