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Identity Theft Lawyer | DuPage County Criminal Defense Attorneys

Identity Theft Lawyer

DuPage County Identity Theft Lawyer

What is Identity Theft?

By definition, identity theft occurs when an individual uses someone else’s personal information, such as their name, social security number, banking information or credit card number, without that person’s knowledge or permission for the express purpose of fraudulent financial gain.

According to the U.S. Department of Justice, approximately 17.6 million households reported at least one instance of identity theft in 2014. Identity theft cost its victims upwards of $13 billion, with the average loss per victim totaling $2,200. Detecting and preventing identity theft is a top priority for state and federal law enforcement and many lawmakers are pushing for stiffer penalties for ID theft crimes. If you’re facing state and/or federal identity theft charges in Illinois, enlisting the aid of an experienced identity theft attorney should be your top priority.

Penalties & Fines for Identity Theft

The severity of the penalty for an identity theft crime depends on the type of act or acts involved, the damage to the victim and whether a defendant is charged with state or federal offenses. The following is a brief outline of the penalties for identity theft crimes in Illinois.

  • Facilitating Identity Theft – First offense is a Class A misdemeanor, punishable by up to one year in jail and a $2,500 fine.
  • Identity Theft, Less Than $300– Cases of identity theft involving less than $300 in damages to the victim are punishable as a Class 4 felony, which carries a sentence of 1 to 3 years in state prison and a fine of up to $25,000.
  • Identity Theft, $300 to $2,000 – Identity theft where the total damages range from $300 to $2,000 are punishable as a Class 3 felony, which carries a prison term of 2 to 6 years and a fine of up to $25,000.
  • Identity Theft, $2,000 to $10,000 – Identity theft ranging from $2,000 to $10,000 is a Class 2 felony and is punishable by a prison term of 3 to 7 years and a fine of up to $25,000.
  • Identity Theft, $10,000 to $100,000 – This type of identity theft is a Class 1 felony, which carries a penalty of 4 to 15 years in state prison and a fine of up to $25,000.
  • Identity Theft, Greater Than $100,000 – Identity theft on this scale is classified as a Class X felony, which carries a prison sentence of 6 to 30 years and a fine up to $25,000..

It’s important to note that if the victim of identity theft is over age 60, disabled or the identity theft was carried out as part of an organized crime operation, you may be charged with aggravated identity theft, which carries stiffer penalties.

Choosing Your Best Defense

A conviction for identity theft can have a devastating impact on your future as well as the lives of your loved ones. If you’ve been accused of an identity theft crime in the DuPage County, you need to an experienced legal advocate, a knowledgeable identity theft lawyer, working on your behalf. Attorney Michael Schmiege specializes in defending the rights of individuals charged with identity theft crimes and has a proven track record of success. You can rest easy knowing that our skilled legal team is dedicated to providing aggressive legal representation to ensure that your freedom and your reputation are protected.

Call for a Consultation with an Experienced Identity Theft Lawyer in DuPage County

Contact Michael Schmiege's nationally recognized boutique law firm for a consultation with a knowledgeable criminal defense attorney who will fight charges aggressively for you. We dedicate the time and resources necessary to give our clients the best possible opportunity for a favorable outcome. Aggressive, skilled legal counsel is always your best chance for a favorable outcome when your future is in jeopardy. Call a qualified identity theft attorney at our firm immediately to ensure you have strong legal representation in your case.

We serve DuPage County, including the cities of Wheaton, Naperville, Aurora, Westmont, Oak Brook, and Lombard. Give your future the best chance with our highly skilled defense strategies and understanding of prosecutor tactics.

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Michael Schmiege has experience with identity theft cases and our award-winning criminal defense attorneys deliver unparalleled results. Read more about our recent verdicts and case victories in DuPage County.

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