Miami Credit Card Fraud Attorney
Credit card fraud has become an increasing problem throughout South Florida over the past decade. With many new technologies, fraudsters now have more and more ways of stealing and using the credit card numbers or personal information of others for their own financial gain. Many people may think that because credit card fraud does not involve any physical harm, it is not as serious of an offense as other crimes. However, because of the substantial financial harm caused by credit card fraud every year, law enforcement agencies take this offense very seriously. If you are under investigation or have already been arrested and accused of a financial crime, your first call should be to an experienced Miami credit card fraud attorney who understands the most effective way to defend against this type of charge.
Acts That Can Lead to Credit Card Fraud Charges
There are many ways that people commit the crime of credit card fraud in our modern society. In many situations, you may not even be aware that your actions may lead to criminal charges until you find yourself behind bars. Some acts that may constitute credit fraud include the following:
- Stealing someone else’s credit card to use it;
- Using someone’s credit card without permission (even if you return it);
- Using a credit you found or received by mistake;
- Counterfeiting a credit card;
- Cloning or skimming credit card numbers;
- Stealing someone’s personal information to obtain credit;
- Using false information on a credit card application;
- Counterfeiting credit cards;
- Forging someone’s signature or other information;
- Hacking computer systems to obtain credit card information;
- Purchasing or selling credit information of others.
Credit fraud can be charged on either the state or federal level, as fraud often uses the internet or crosses state lines. In Florida, credit card fraud is considered to be a theft crime and, depending on the act in question, fraud can be charged as either a first degree misdemeanor or a third degree felony. If funds were stolen, the consequences may increase based on the amount of money in question.
If credit card fraud involves more than $1,000 in one year and affects interstate commerce in any way, federal authorities may charge you. The possible penalties under federal law are very serious and include up to 10 years in federal prison for even a first conviction.
Discuss Your Case with an Experienced Miami Credit Card Fraud Attorney Today
Convictions for credit card fraud can have far-reaching consequences in many aspects of your life. Whether you have been charged in state or federal court, you need a skilled Miami credit card fraud attorney who will mount an aggressive and effective defense in your case. The team at the law office of Jeffrey S. Weiner, P.A. has extensive experience defending against white collar crime charges in Florida and can help you through every step of your case. If you have been accused of credit card fraud or any other type of crime, please call today at 305-670-9919 for a free consultation.