Washington Identity Theft Attorney
Have you been charged with Identity Theft in Washington? Find out what you need to do next.
In Washington, if you are being prosecuted for identity theft, you could be facing a variety of penalties including jail time, a permanent record, and hefty fines. It can be stressful and scary to have criminal charges pending. You need someone on your side to help you navigate the system. Do not let one mistake or blemish on your record follow you for the rest of your life. Being charged with identity theft can have an impact on future career aspects, receiving certain benefits, or even when trying to rent an apartment. Let Weber Law help you keep your record clean.
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Washington Identity Theft Charges and Penalties
What is Identity Theft?
There are different actions that constitute what identity theft is in the State of Washington.
A person who knowingly obtains, possesses, uses, or transfers a means of identification or financial information of another person, living or dead, with the intent to commit, or aid or abet, any crime, is guilty of identity theft in the second degree.
Identity theft in the first degree is when a person commits the acts of identity theft in the second degree but also obtains credit, money, goods, services, or anything else of value in excess of $1,500.00 in value, or when the accused knowingly targets a senior or vulnerable individual to commit the act of identity theft.
An accusation of identity theft can be confusing and difficult to navigate alone, let Weber Law navigate the charge for you. There are also instances where a judge can make discretionary sentences, so it is important to have legal counsel that can advocate for you in that instance.
What is the Punishment for Identity Theft in Washington?
Identity theft in the first degree is considered a class B felony. Identity theft in the second degree is considered a class C felony.
A class B felony is punishable by imprisonment for ten years, a fine of $20,000.00, or both.
A class C felony is punishable by imprisonment for five years, a fine of $10,000.00, or both.
As the sentence can range so widely, it is important to have knowledgeable legal counsel that can fight for the lowest sentence possible. It is possible to get a sentence reduction, but it requires experienced legal counsel.
Even as a Defendant of a Crime, you still have Rights! Make sure yours were not violated!
Even as an individual facing criminal charges, you have rights. It is important to know those rights and make sure that they were not violated in any way when you were arrested or charged. Without extensive knowledge of your rights when it comes to police searches, Miranda rights, and your rights when it comes to arrest, it is extremely difficult to get a dismissal or reduction of your charges. Do not try and fight these charges on your own, Weber Law is ready to help you today.
Contact Weber Law immediately if you’ve been arrested on an identity theft charge. We offer a free confidential case evaluation – serving Seattle and the surrounding areas.
How can you fight a charge of Identity Theft and how can WEBER LAW help you?
If you are being prosecuted for identity theft, no matter the circumstances, there are a few ways that Weber Law can fight for you. There are defenses against the crime of identity theft which include but are not limited to, not using the information for an unlawful purpose, having no intent to defraud someone, or even a simple mistake of the information. Weber Law can help lower the charge to a lesser crime, lower your sentence for less jail time, lower your fine amount, or represent you at trial. Do not face these charges alone, let Weber Law work for you. By looking at potential evidence such as video surveillance (if available), your criminal record, and potential eyewitness testimony, Weber Law will make sure to look at all the details of your case. At Weber Law we are experienced in defending these charges, winning these cases, and creating an outcome you can be happy with. An outcome that will allow you to live a life free of criminal charges. Being convicted of identity theft can have impacts on the rest of your life. Let Weber Law help you navigate the criminal justice system. The court room can be a very intimidating place, let Weber Law do the work for you. If you or anyone you know are being prosecuted for identity theft in the State of Washington, call Weber Law today for a consultation.
WA ST § 9.35.020, Identity theft
WA ST § 9a.20.021, Maximum sentences for crimes committed July 1, 1984, and after.
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