With the growth of the credit industry in the U.S. has subsequently come an increase in credit card theft. A broad-based crime including theft and fraud that is committed by using a credit card for a fraudulent source of funds, its essential purpose is obtaining goods without paying or plundering funds from someone’s bank account. Credit card fraud is a form of identity theft, which according to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), saw a 21% increase in 2008. This is a serious crime and your defense merits the full attention of a San Diego theft crimes attorney.
Credit card theft leads to massive write-offs for banks every year, reaching into the billions of dollars. Although this crime has been around for a long time (as long as someone could steal another person’s physical credit card) advances of the information age that make online and in-store purchases easier for consumers have also made credit card theft an easier target for thieves. Not only can a California conviction bring punishments related to a petty theft or grand theft charge (depending on the amount stolen), but tough federal statutes consider credit card fraud to be a form of identity theft punishable by up to 15 years in prison and steep fines.
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When it comes to matters of theft and fraud, you will need to procure exemplary legal counsel to defend against such serious allegations. The attorneys at the Law Offices of Top Criminal Defense Law Firms, APLC, have 21 years of combined experience in assisting all manner of criminal defendants from the most minor offenses to serious felonies. We have the expertise and tenacity a client needs to put up a strong legal fight.
Credit card theft charges are serious and you should contact a San Diego credit card theft defense attorney immediately if arrested.