With our increasing reliance on technology and services, the probability of having your identity compromised is extremely high. This can be the result of the criminal intentions of an individual, or a mistake by the company tasked with keeping this information safe. Due to the complexity of the situation, there is a wide range for error, both with an individual accidentally compromising another's information or a company accidentally releasing information for others to use.
No matter what the case may be, many are accused of white-collar crimes, like identity theft, every year, even though they may not have intentionally committed any wrongdoing. This is the unfortunate reality when you combine an inefficient justice system and high technology.
If you have been accused or are under investigation for identity theft, it is vital that you speak with a qualified criminal defense attorney who can advise you on how to approach this delicate situation.
Columbus Identity Theft Attorney
Identity theft has the potential to not only bring Ohio state sanction, but also federal charges if the offense is serious enough. This can complicate an already convoluted process and make it harder to plead your case and fight the charges.
For this reason alone, having capable legal counsel will allow you to take the most efficient and productive steps in order to resolve this issue as soon as possible. Joslyn Law Firm has dedicated its practice to protecting the rights of the individuals and families they serve and will do everything in their power to keep you from dealing with the consequences of a cold and indifferent court system that is not interested in your personal situation.
Brian Joslyn and staff will take every factor of your case into account in order to develop a proactive and aggressive defense strategy that places you in a favorable position to reach a satisfactory conclusion to an inevitably stressful process.
Call (614) 444-1900 or send an online message today to schedule a free and confidential consultation to discuss the details of your texting while driving case. Brian and staff proudly represent individuals throughout the cities of Dublin, Westerville, Upper Arlington, Gahanna, Grove City, New Albany, Minerva Park, Urbancrest, London, West Jefferson, Newark, Pataskala, Lancaster, Pickerington, Circleville, Ashville or Williamsport, among others.
Identity Theft Laws in Ohio
The laws concerning identity theft in Ohio (otherwise termed as identity fraud) can be found in Chapter 2913 of the Ohio Revised Code. This Chapter discusses all aspects of theft and fraud in the state.
More specifically, according to §2913.49, no person, without the express or implied consent of the other person, shall use, obtain, or possess any personal identifying information of another person with intent to do any of the following:
- Hold the person out to be the other person;
- Represent the other person's personal identifying information as the person's own personal identifying information;
- No person shall create, obtain, possess, or use the personal identifying information of any person with the intent to aid or abet another person;
- No person, with intent to defraud, shall permit another person to use the person's own personal identifying information;
- No person who is permitted to use another person's personal identifying information shall use, obtain, or possess the other person's personal identifying information with intent to defraud any person.
As a point of reference, when the law is describing personal identifying information, they are talking about:
- Telephone number
- Driver's license
- Driver's license number
- State identification card
- Social security card
- Social security number
- Birth certificate
- Place of employment
- Employee identification number
- Mother's maiden name
- Demand deposit account number
- Savings account number
For those who are convicted of an identity theft charge, the sentences vary depending on the amount of money the fraud caused the victim to lose. The presumptive sentences are as follows:
- Less than $1,000 – Felony of the fifth degree (up to 12 months in prison and / or a maximum amount of $2,500 in fines)
- More than $1,000 but less than $7,500 – Felony of the fourth degree (up to eighteen months in prison and / or a maximum amount of $5,000 in fines)
- More than $ 7,500 but less than $150,000 – Felony of the third degree (up to and / or a maximum amount of $10,000 in fines)
- More than $150,000 – Felony of the second degree (up to eight years in prison and / or a maximum amount of $15,000 in fines)
Joslyn Law Firm | Franklin County Identity Theft Arrest Lawyer
If you or a loved one is currently under investigation for identity theft, working with a criminal defense attorney early in the process will make this difficult situation much easier going forward. An attorney will be able to identify the important factors and evidence of the case in order to develop a defense argument that effectively states your case in a professional and articulate manner, helping you move forward towards a solution to your legal problems.
Brian Joslyn and staff are ready and willing to represent you in court and have the legal knowledge necessary to protect you from aggressive prosecution, allowing you to focus on the most important aspect of your case, so that a favorable resolution may be reached. The firm uses an approach that heavily emphasizes the use of cold, hard facts when defending their clients. In a complex white-collar crime case, having an intelligent and unwavering presence side by side with you has the potential to tip the odds in your favor and allow you to walk free and move on with your life.
Call (614) 444-1900 or send an online message to set up a risk-free consultation to go over the specifics of your case with the Joslyn Law Firm today. Brian is proud to represents individuals in the Ohio and throughout Delaware County, Franklin County, Madison County, Licking County, Fairfield County and Pickaway County.