Credit Card Theft and Fraud Charges
Aggressive criminal defense representation in Georgia and federal courts
Credit card theft and fraud are white collar crimes that include the unauthorized use of another person’s credit card, identity theft and widespread production of false credit instruments. An investigation may involve multiple Georgia and federal agencies — such as the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Georgia Governor’s Office of Consumer Protection. These law enforcement units have imposing officers who are skilled at intimidating their suspects into waiving their rights in the guise of cooperation. In this threatening environment, a seemingly innocuous comment, email or document may put you at risk of indictment.
If you suspect that you are the focus of an identity theft or a credit card fraud or theft investigation, contact an experienced lawyer immediately to ensure that your rights are fully protected. Our criminal attorneys at Gentry, Smith, Dettmering, Morgan, Schnatmeier & Collins, LLP have been assertively and successfully defending individuals charged with white collar crimes for more than 80 years combined. Our law firm includes former district attorneys whose insight into the prosecutorial system gives us an edge during plea negotiations and trials. Whether you are the subject of a police inquiry or have been arrested, we are your aggressive advocates who seek the timely and best disposition of your case.
Identity theft involves stealing another person’s name or identity to make unauthorized financial transactions and purchases. Acts considered identity theft may include:
- Applying for credit cards under another person’s name
- Using a person’s credit card without permission
- Paying for an online purchase with a credit card that you are not authorized to use
- Cashing another person’s checks by claiming to be that person
- Withdrawing funds from an account holder’s bank under false pretenses
- Collecting government benefits by pretending to be a person who is eligible
Under the Official Code of Georgia Annotated, identity theft is a felony that carries stiff penalties — including incarceration, probation, restitution and fines. The long-term impact of a credit card fraud or theft conviction on job prospects, credit access and personal relations is devastating. Let us build a strategic defense during all stages of your identity theft case.