Hillsborough County Identity Theft
If law enforcement officers arrest you on charges of identity theft, you can expect to be prosecuted to the highest degree possible.
Identity theft is raging in the country today as criminals steal the identities of victims to take advantage of them in numerous ways. Whether it’s stealing a credit card number and using it to purchase items illegally, or whether you’ve stolen someone’s information to file taxes illegally, it’s a crime in Hillsborough County, New Hampshire, and you can expect some serious penalties.
In New Hampshire, identity theft is a Class A felony.
Put simply, identity theft is the taking of someone’s personal information to use it for personal gain.
In fact, under the state’s statutes, specifically in RSI 638:26, identity theft is spelled out as such:
A person is guilty of identity fraud when the person:
- Poses as another person with the purpose to defraud in order to obtain money, credit, goods, services, or anything else of value;
- Obtains or records personal identifying information about another person without the express authorization of such person, with the intent to pose as such person;
- Obtains or records personal identifying information about a person without the express authorization of such person in order to assist another to pose as such person; or
- Poses as another person, without the express authorization of such person, with the purpose of obtaining confidential information about such person that is not available to the general public.
In fact, there are lots of examples of how someone in the Manchester area has faced identity theft charges. A 53-year-old man was recently sent to prison for 18 months for his role in a fraudulent IRS scheme in which he obtained 161 tax refunds through identity theft.
If you are convicted of Class A felony in Hillsborough County, you will find yourself facing a maximum sentence of up to 7 ½ to 15 years in prison. And it also carries a fine of up to $4,000. A judge may also order you to repay your victims by what is known as restitution. This can set you back a long way.
These kinds of cases are running rampant in Hillsborough County. There are a high number of identity theft incidents, according to FBI statistics.
All of this, of course, depends on the circumstances of your individual case. A judge has wide discrepancy in determining how severe the penalty will be.
Put it this way: Law enforcement and prosecutors are taking hard lines on people who steal identities of other people. Identity theft has swept over the country like a wave over the past few years and it’s become a highly serious issue. Bank cards, social security cards, driver’s licenses and any kind of medical records are at stake of being stolen via computer or mail or simply by just stealing someone’s wallet or breaking into their houses.
If you get caught and charged with identity theft, it can be a life-changing offense. You could be facing hard time, again depending on what the judge decides based on the circumstances of your case.
After your arrest and even before you go to court, you could face losing your job. And your family will likely be highly embarrassed by your actions. And, you will probably lose any financial gains you’ve made because you’ll have to repay your victims if you are convicted.
The best thing you can do is call the Anzalone Law Firm in Hillsborough County at 603.548.3797 to schedule a free consultation with Michael Anzlaone.