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Lee Ciccarelli

Lee Ciccarelli

Lee Ciccarelli is the founder and managing partner of Ciccarelli Law Offices with over two decades experience as a practicing attorney.

Joshua Tebay

Joshua Tebay

Joshua Tebay is an experienced attorney and former prosecutor licensed to practice in both Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

Michael E. Houghton

Michael E. Houghton

Michael E. Houghton brings both passion and enthusiasm to criminal defense through his extensive knowledge and experience.

Timothy Kraeer

Timothy Kraeer

Timothy Kraeer is a highly experienced traffic attorney who handles related criminal and civil matters across the state.

Ann DelCollo

Ann DelCollo

Since 1992, Ann has been advocating for her clients both in and out of tough courtrooms of Philadelphia, which has cultivated her craft.

David Strenfel

David Strenfel

David Strenfel is a highly experienced attorney who focuses on trial advocacy, constitutional law, and criminal defense.

Jonathon Luff

Jonathon Luff

Jonathon Luff has successfully represented countless clients and gain freedom for many wrongfully accused individuals.

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Primary Location
304 North High Street West Chester, PA 19380
Secondary Locations

These locations are available by appointment only

1515 Market St., #200 Philadelphia, PA 19102
135 East State St. Kennett Square, PA 19380
600 West Germantown Pike Plymouth Meeting, PA 19462
1489 Baltimore Pike Ste 221 Springfield, PA 19064
101 Lindenwood Dr, Ste 225 Malvern, PA 19355
150 N. Radnor Chester Rd Ste. F200, Radnor, PA 19087
313 West Liberty St., Ste 341 Lancaster, PA 17603
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Our firm provides excellent services at reasonable fees and accepts a variety of payment methods, including most major credit card providers.

We accept payment from most major credit card providers, including Via, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover
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Avvo Top Attorney Criminal Defense

Credit Card Fraud

As the internet and online transactions become more frequent, so does credit card fraud. In Pennsylvania, credit card fraud is also called access device fraud. The state law makes it a crime to commit any sort of fraudulent activity with the use of a credit card or its numbers.

Credit card fraud is a white collar crime that can carry serious penalties.  A conviction for the offense could lead to jail or prison time, steep fines or both. Additionally, there could be other penalties imposed, depending on the circumstances of the alleged crime.  A criminal defense attorney can help you combat the charges.

West Chester Credit Card Fraud Attorney

White collar crimes can carry serious consequences. If you are facing fraud charges, contact a credit card fraud defense lawyer at Ciccarelli Law Offices. Our legal team can help you build a strong defense in your case and work one-on-one with you to ensure your rights are represented.

Ciccarelli Law Offices represents clients throughout Southeastern Pennsylvania, including Willow Street, Coatesville, Downingtown, Norristown, Exton, Newton Square and other surrounding areas. Call Ciccarelli Law Offices today at (610) 719-3200 to schedule a free consultation. We can help you prepare a solid defense strategy. 

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What is Considered Credit Card Fraud?

Credit card fraud, or access device fraud, occurs when a person uses an access device to obtain or in an attempt to obtain property or services with knowledge that:

  • The access device is counterfeit, altered or incomplete
  • The access device was issued to another person who has not authorized its use
  • The access device has been revoked or canceled
  • For any reason the use of the card has been unauthorized by the issuer or actual cardholder

A person is presumed to know a card is counterfeit if prosecutors can prove he or she possessed two or more counterfeit cards. According to state law, a person is presumed to know a card has been canceled if prosecutors can prove he or she attempted to use it seven days after receiving notice of the cancellation.

Additionally, a person could be charged with credit card fraud if he or she publishes, makes, sells, gives or otherwise transfers to another, or offers or advertises, or aids and abets any other person to use an access device knowing it is counterfeit, belongs to another or has been revoked.

An access device can be considered any sort of credit card or debit card and the correlating numbers, personal identification numbers or any other means of access that can be used to obtain money, services or goods.

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Penalties for Credit Card Fraud Offenses

The penalties for credit card fraud are largely determined by the amount of money or the value of goods or services involved in the alleged offense, according to Pa. Cons. Stat.  §4106.

If the value involved was less than $50, the offense would be considered a misdemeanor of the second degree, which is punishable by up to two years imprisonment, a fine of between $500 and $5,000 or both.

If the value of the money and goods involved was $50 or more but less than $500, the offense constitutes a misdemeanor of the first degree, which is punishable by up to five years in prison, a fine of between $1,500 and $10,000 or both.

If the value involved was $500 or more, the offense constitutes a felony of the third degree. This is punishable by up to seven years in prison, a fine of between $2,500 and $15,000 or both.

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Finding the Best Credit Card Fraud Defense Lawyer in Chester County

Being charged with credit card fraud does not have to mean a conviction. Contact a credit card fraud attorney at Ciccarelli Law Offices. Our legal team has the experience and the knowledge to help you fight white collar crime charges, no matter the situation. Call (610) 719-3200 for a free consultation.


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