What Is Considered Identity Theft?
If you have been charged with theft of identity in Northern Kentucky, you need the services of a Northern Kentucky criminal attorney. In Kentucky, a person is guilty of the theft of the identity of another when he or she knowingly possesses or uses any current or former identifying information of the another person or family member or ancestor of the other person, such as that person’s or family member’s or ancestor’s name, address, telephone number, electronic mail address, Social Security number, driver’s license number, birth date, personal identification number or code, and any other information that could be used to identify the person with the intent to represent that he or she is the other person for the purpose of:
(a) Depriving the other person of property;
(b) Obtaining benefits or property to which he or she would otherwise not be entitled;
(c) Making financial or credit transactions using the other person’s identity;
(d) Avoiding detection; or
(e) Commercial or political benefit.
Theft of identity is a Class D felony, which can carry a sentence of between one to five years in prison. You should consult with a Northern Kentucky criminal attorney as soon as possible to navigate the possibilities of probation and other alternative sentencing such as diversion. At Hoffman Walker & Knauf, we have experience handling theft of identity cases with local prosecutors and judges. We will listen to your concerns and investigate every defense possible to ensure that you obtain the best result possible in your case. We will interview witnesses and investigate alibis, whatever is needed to make sure your voice is heard in court.
You should call a Northern Kentucky criminal attorney at Hoffman Walker & Knauf immediately if you have been contacted by a police officer regarding a possible theft of identity charge. At Hoffman Walker & Knauf, we are experienced and know that without legal representation, you may unknowingly make statements of legal significance without even knowing it. You need an attorney’s advice to protect your rights. Call us today at 859-535-0264.
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