Identity theft has become an increasingly common crime over the last decade. Statistics in the latest FTC Sentinel Report shows that Arizona has the ninth highest number of reports of identity theft in the country, due to the high populations of students and seniors who are more vulnerable to this type of theft.
- Identity Theft– Knowingly obtaining, through any means, the real or fictitious identity of another person for unlawful purposes that causes a loss to a person or entity, or with the intent to obtain or continue employment.
- Aggravated Identity Theft– Knowingly obtaining the personal identifying information of three or more other persons or entities, real or fictitious persons or entities, without the consent, with the intent to obtain or use the other persons’ or entities’ identities for any unlawful purpose, or to cause any loss to the persons or entities.
- The intent to obtain or use the other person’s or entity’s identity for any unlawful purpose and causes another person or entity to suffer an economic loss of $1,000 or more.
- A person knowingly accepting the identity of another person if the person, in hiring an employee, knowingly does both of the following:
- Accepts any personal identifying information of another person from an individual and knows that the individual is not the actual person identified by that information.
- Uses that identity information for the purpose of determining whether the individual who presented that identity information has the legal right or authorization under federal law to work in the United States.
- Identity Trafficking– A person commits trafficking in the identity of another person or entity if the person knowingly sells, transfers, or transmits any personal identifying information or entity identifying information of another person or entity, including a real or fictitious person or entity to cause any sort of loss.
Penalties for Identity Theft in Arizona
Penalties depend on the class of charges a person was convicted on, ranging from a class 4 to a class 2 felony:
|Charge||Felony Class||Minimum Jail Time||Maximum Jail Time||Fines|
|Identity Theft||4||1.5 years||3 years||Up to $150,000|
|Aggravated Identity Theft||3||2.5 years||7 years||Up $150,000|
|Identity Trafficking||2||4 years||10 years||Up to $500,000|
How JacksonWhite Can Help You
Identity theft is a very serious felony offense that can carry a lot of jail time. Charges like these require a team of highly experienced white collar crime lawyers to get the best results possible. Let JacksonWhite criminal lawyer Jeremy Geigle and his knowledge of identity theft criminal defense guide you through the process. The legal battle ahead will be led by strong representation and diligence.