Miami Identity Theft Attorney
Understanding Identity Theft Charges and Penalties
According to the Federal Identity Theft and Assumption Deterrence Act, identity theft occurs when a person "knowingly transfers or uses, without lawful authority, a means of identification of another person with the intent to commit, or to aid or abet, any unlawful activity that constitutes a violation of federal law, or that constitutes a felony under any applicable state or local law."
Identity theft offenses are investigated by federal agencies, including the FBI (Federal Bureau of Investigation) as well as the U.S. Secret Service and U.S. Postal Inspection Service. Identity theft may also tie in with other serious federal crimes, including credit card fraud, wire fraud, mail fraud, computer hacking, and bank fraud.
Under federal law, identity theft is an offense which may be punishable by up to 15 years of imprisonment as well as fines, and the possible forfeiture of any property that was used to commit or forward the act or that was purchased with proceeds of the crime.
Fighting Federal Identity Theft Charges in Florida
Identity theft is illegal under both Florida state law and federal law. These offenses are harshly prosecuted and are investigated by special task forces that have the particular training and resources necessary to handle cases of this nature. To successfully counter the aggressive investigation and prosecution that a defendant will face for identity theft at a local, state or federal level, you will need an aggressive and knowledgeable attorney in your corner.
Miami federal defense lawyer Michael Mirer is a highly skilled trial attorney and is also a former prosecutor. With his knowledge of both sides of the criminal process as well as his experience in handling federal cases, Attorney Mirer can offer you the level of legal representation and client service that you deserve.
If you would like to avoid the serious penalties associated with an identity theft conviction in Miami, contact the Law Office of Michael Mirer, P.A. today to talk to a skilled attorney about your legal options.