Accused Of ID Theft? What’s Next?
“Too often, those convicted (of identity theft) have been sentenced to little or no time in prison. This changes today. This new law establishes… the offense of aggravated identity theft. Someone convicted of that crime can expect to go to jail…”
In 2004, President George W. Bush made the above statement when signing the Identity Theft Penalty Enhancement Act into existence. Among other things, this act sought to bring tougher punishments on anyone convicted of identity theft. Someone found guilty of President Bush’s new “aggravated identity theft” offense would face much higher fines and up to two extra years in prison.
In addition to these laws, a decade later some quarter of a million people each year still claim to have their identities stolen. With that there is increased pressure on law enforcement to catch identity thieves and deal harsher punishments than ever before.
“Because of this act of Congress I sign today, the guilty will be certain to be punished.”
It only follows that with the increase in pressure to find and catch those who are guilty, more and more people who are innocent are susceptible to being falsely accused. When you have been questioned or arrested for identity theft or aggravated identity theft, there are serious consequences as a result. You need to enlist the advocacy of the right criminal defense attorney to guide you through the process and represent your interests to the fullest extent of the law.
With over fifteen years of experience handling a wide range of fraud defenses and similar cases, Denver defense attorney Christopher T. Braddock fully understands the complexities and nuances of these kinds of cases. Having represented a wide range of clients charged with varying degrees of identity theft, Mr. Braddock can help navigate your way through to pursue the best possible outcome in the wake of your arrest.
Call 303-675-0100 for our Denver offices today or contact us online anytime.
Christopher T. Braddock