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What Is Identity Theft?

Posted by Steve Karimi | Dec 26, 2017 | 0 Comments

When one thinks of stealing, it is easy to think of teenagers making away with clothing, make-up or jewelry. But there's more to stealing, like identify theft. Identity theft is considered a white-collar crime.

Identity theft is when someone impersonates another person for personal gain. You may recall TV farces and movies showing someone pretending to be someone else to win a prize or gain an inheritance. However, in most real-life situations, the criminal impersonation comprises a crime using others' documents to support transactions that are fraudulent. For example, if someone uses your social security number to apply for a job or cashes one of your checks using your driver's license, you have someone basically stealing your identity to benefit financially, it is classic identity theft.

Common Types of Identity Theft

When you assume another's identity with the intention of acting unlawfully, the charge is called a First Degree Criminal Impersonation. It is like forgery but often does not include any faux signature. The damage to someone's life from a single instance of identity theft can be extensive. In some instances, an identity theft victim can spend months or even years rectifying their credit and damage to their name due to the theft of their identity.

Common Types of Identity Theft

  • Financial Identity Theft: This is when a thief steals information, such as your bank account or your credit card, and uses your resources to purchase items to benefit them.
  • Medical Identity Theft: When someone attempts to use your identity to secure medical treatment.
  • Social Security Identity Theft: Many people are in the United States illegally, yet they want to work. They cannot always secure work on their own without a Social Security number, so they either purchase stolen social security numbers or simply make one up that might be yours.

Do you need a lawyer to fight an Identity Theft charge?

If you have been charged with a crime of identity theft, it is a serious charge, yet you still may be able to avoid a conviction. You have rights and are entitled to a professional defense. Even if you have admitted guilt and have accepted the consequences of your crime, representation by an attorney can help your charges be reduced or dismissed. Former prosecutor Steve Karimi understands the court system and knows alternatives that can help you avoid a criminal conviction on your record.

Regardless of your circumstances and what has already occurred in your case, contact Karimi Law Office to discuss your options. Our firm can help you evaluate your case and prepare your best scenario of plans to defend yourself.

About the Author

Steve Karimi

Steve Karimi attended Pepperdine University School of Law. After graduation he worked as a prosecutor in Seattle where he gained valuable insight to the criminal justice system. Attorney Karimi uses his experiences as a prosecutor everyday only now he fights for the justice of those accused.


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