Identity theft, a white collar crime, is the act of unlawfully possessing and/or using another person’s financial devices or identifying information to:
Make a payment
Obtain government identification
Obtain anything of value.
At Anaya, McKedy, P.C., our Colorado Springs attorneys are highly skilled and experienced at defending our clients against identity theft charges. As former prosecutors, we have a deep understanding of how the prosecution builds and presents these cases. This empowers us to effectively, strategically craft and present identity theft defense cases and set them up for the best outcome possible.
Our goals are to:
Treat our clients with the highest level of respect and professionalism
Provide the highest quality defense representation while we work relentlessly to minimize the negative impacts and achieve the best possible results.
Have You or a Loved One Been Accused of Identity Theft?
Call (719) 227-0007 or Email Us for a Free, Confidential Consultation
We are available 24/7 to answer your questions, assuage your concerns and provide you with the highest quality defense representation. We can discuss your case over the phone or during an in-person meeting at jail or our Colorado Springs office.
Are Colorado Identity Theft Charges Misdemeanors or Felonies? What Are the Penalties Upon Conviction?
Colorado law classifies identity theft is a Class 4 felony. Upon conviction, these charges can be punishable by up to:
6 years in prison
$500,000 in fines.
When identity theft charges are filed, they are commonly filed along with other criminal charges, like forgery and theft, which can come with additional penalties.
What Makes Identity Theft a Federal Offense?
When an alleged act of identity theft also involves a violation of federal law, federal charges can come into play. Specifically, federal identity theft charges can be filed when someone has allegedly committed offenses like (but not limited to):
Financial institution fraud
According to the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), “these federal offenses are felonies that carry substantial penalties – in some cases, as high as 30 years’ imprisonment, fines, and criminal forfeiture.”1
How Can I Defend Myself against Identity Theft Charges?
The best defense options for you and your case will depend on the evidence and details surrounding the allegations. A lawyer at Anaya-McKedy is ready to discuss the details of your situation, explain your options and aggressively defend you moving forward. Our Colorado Springs attorneys have represented clients in various types of identity theft cases, including those involving allegations of:
Credit card number theft
Identity theft involving mail or wire fraud and/or conspiracies to sell financial devices or identifying information on the black market.
We welcome your calls and emails whenever you need answers. In general, however, some effective defense strategies in identity theft cases can include establishing that the accused person:
Had permission to possess or use another person’s financial devices or identifying information