As a white-collar crime, identity theft in Minnesota is on the rise as even amateur hackers are finding it easy to discover people’s credit cards, bank account information and other important data about them.
At Sieben Edmunds Miller, we represent defendants who are accused of identity theft in Mendota Heights, Eagan, Minneapolis, St. Paul and around the state. We have a reputation for providing clients with aggressive legal help by investigating any allegations made against you yet protecting your rights and best interests. Identity theft is classified as acquiring and abusing somebody else’s personal information to steal money, commit fraud or somehow cheating the victim out of anything that is theirs. This may include:
Obtaining medical information illegally
Accessing somebody’s bank account
Using someone’s credit card without permission
Using somebody’s social media account
Severe Penalties for Identity Theft in Minnesota
If you are convicted of identity theft, you could be sentenced to as much as 20 years in prison and fined up to $100,000. The severity of the sentence depends on the number of identities you are found guilty of stealing and the extent of the damage done to the victims. The victims may also sue you in civil court to recover damages and receive back whatever was stolen.
Just as bad, if convicted your reputation will be ruined. Even if you escape prison, a conviction will appear in any background checks a potential employer will conduct. This can make it difficult to get a good job, apply for schooling, or even get an auto loan.
Fighting Identity Theft Charges
If you are being investigated for allegations of identity theft, you must do two things.
First, say nothing to the police or FBI without having an attorney present. You have a right to remain silent and to be represented by a lawyer. No matter how casual they may seem, the investigators are not your friends.
Second, call an identity theft lawyer at Sieben Edmunds Miller whether you are in Mendota Heights, Eagan or anywhere in Minnesota.
We will defend you so that your case has the best possible outcome.