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Credit Card Fraud Defense
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Charges associated with credit card fraud are extremely serious and if convicted, individuals can face years in prison as well as steep fines. An accusation of fraud alone has the potential to irrevocably damage personal and business relationships. If you have been charged with credit card fraud, do not waste any time in contacting a Bergen County criminal defense lawyer from our firm. Cases of credit card fraud require the attention of an experienced attorney and at Brickfield & Donahue, our lawyers have a proven track record of reducing charges and securing acquittals. We will provide the hard-hitting and unbiased defense that you deserve and can help you to clear your name.
Call our firm at (201) 574-7919 and speak to an attorney about your case.
What Constitutes Credit Card Fraud?
In New Jersey, credit card fraud can include a wide number of offenses and individuals can be charged for unlawfully obtaining a credit (or debit) card as well as for using, or attempting to use, an illegally acquired card. This means that those convicted may be punished for how a card was obtained as well as the purpose for which it was used.
Actions for which a person may be charged with credit card fraud include:
- Providing false information on a credit application
- Stealing another person’s credit card or information
- Using a card which was knowingly and illegally acquired
- Forging a signature on the credit card itself
The charges associated with credit card fraud can be complicated and will often overlap depending on the circumstances of each event. When you work with our firm, we can help you to understand the nature of the charges against you and can work to protect your rights, no matter what charges you are facing. The sooner you contact an attorney from our firm, the sooner we can begin building your defense.
Penalties for Credit Card Fraud
In New Jersey, the charges for credit card fraud can vary greatly depending on the circumstances of the alleged incident. In the least severe cases, such as for providing false information on an application, individuals can be charged with a fourth degree crime and face up to 18 months in jail. Penalties are also tied to the total value of damages incurred by fraud and can increase exponentially as the value of the theft increases. Thefts valued at more than $500 can be charged as third degree crimes which carry a prison sentence of up to 5 years. The most severe cases of credit card fraud are second degree crimes and those convicted can face a prison sentence of up to a decade.
If you are suspected of any type of fraud or financial crime, you do not have to speak to law enforcement without your lawyer present. Our firm can advise you every step of the way on the best course of action to see that you achieve a favorable outcome and mitigate any potential damage to your future.
New Jersey Certified Criminal Trial Attorneys
If you are facing criminal charges that have the potential to significantly alter the course of your future, it is vital to secure the services of our Bergen County criminal defense attorneys at Brickfield & Donahue. We are former prosecutors with a detailed knowledge of New Jersey’s criminal court system as well as how the prosecution is likely to structure the charges against you. When you work with our firm, you can rest assured that your case is in good hands.
Schedule a free consultation with our firm to learn about how we can help you.