West Chester, PA 19380
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Lee Ciccarelli is the founder and managing partner of Ciccarelli Law Offices with over two decades experience as a practicing attorney.
Joshua Tebay is an experienced attorney and former prosecutor licensed to practice in both Pennsylvania and New Jersey.
Michael E. Houghton brings both passion and enthusiasm to criminal defense through his extensive knowledge and experience.
Timothy Kraeer is a highly experienced traffic attorney who handles related criminal and civil matters across the state.
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 is a highly experienced attorney who focuses on trial advocacy, constitutional law, and criminal defense.
Jonathon Luff has successfully represented countless clients and gain freedom for many wrongfully accused individuals.
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Crimes that involve victims often are harshly prosecuted, even if the crime is not violent. White collar crimes such as identity theft are crimes in which victims can be robbed of money and can have their reputations destroyed. Law enforcement agencies throughout the country have created specialized units to help police these offenses.
In Pennsylvania, this offense can be considered a felony, depending on the circumstances of the crime. Felonies can carry jail or prison time, expensive fines or both. Additionally, you could face other issues outside of the courtroom, such as difficulty finding a job. A white collar defense lawyer can help you fight to protect your future.
White collar crimes can carry serious penalties, especially if it is a subsequent offense. It is important to act fast and start to build a strong defense early on. If you are facing identity fraud charges, contact a West Chester identity theft attorney at Ciccarelli Law Offices.
The attorneys at Ciccarelli Law Offices are experienced in handling a variety of white collar crimes. We can help you fight to charges against you and work with you one-on-one to ensure your rights are represented. We can analyze the facts of your case and build a solid defense.
We are based in West Chester, and have offices where we can meet you in Philadelphia, Lancaster, Springfield, Plymouth Meeting, Radnor, King of Prussia, Kennett Square and Malvern. We serve clients throughout Chester County, Montgomery County, Lancaster County and Delaware County, as well as Philadelphia. Call (610) 719-3200 to schedule a free consultation.
A person commits the offense of identity theft of another if he or she knowingly possesses or uses, through any means, identifying information of another person without the consent of that other person to further any unlawful purpose, according to Pa. Cons. Stat. §4120.
This is broad definition of identity theft that can be used to describe a variety of scenarios. Most often, the person uses the personal information to obtain some sort of benefit, whether it is money, services or goods. People often use identity theft as a way to obtain property or money.
Examples of identifying information could include:
Identity theft is one of several white collar crimes in which the penalties largely are determined by the value of the money, goods or services involved in the alleged offense.
Each time a person possesses or uses identifying information it constitutes a separate offense. However, the total value involved in offenses committed pursuant to one scheme or course of conduct may be aggregated in determining the grade of the offense. This could apply whether it is from the same victim or several victims.
If the total value involved is less than $2,000, the offense is a misdemeanor of the first degree. This could be punishable by up to five years imprisonment and $10,000 in fines. If the total value involved was $2,000 or more, the offense is a felony of the third degree, which is punishable by up to seven years in prison and $15,000 in fines.
Regardless of the total value involved, if the offense is committed in furtherance of a criminal conspiracy as outlined in Pa. Cons. Stat. §903, the offense is a felony of the third degree. This also is punishable by seven years in prison and $15,000 in fines.
Also, regardless of the total value involved, if the offense is a third or subsequent offense, the offense is a felony of the second degree. If convicted, a person could face up to 10 years in prison and up to $25,000 in fines.
When a person commits identity theft and the victim of the offense is 60 years of age or older or a care-dependent person, the grading of the offense shall be one grade higher.
If you are facing charges for identity theft, contact a West Chester identity fraud lawyer at Ciccarelli Law Offices. Our attorneys are experienced in handling cases like yours, and we can work to get a positive result in your case. Your future is important, and we can fight to help you protect it. Call (610) 719-3200 for a free consultation.