Identity Theft Charges

Identity theft involves fraudulently taking another person’s information and falsely identifying yourself as that person, usually to acquire goods or services. Common examples of identity theft are opening a credit card in someone else’s name and buying goods and services for yourself or stealing checks and signing them as the other person.

Penalties for Identity Theft

Identity theft can be charged as either a misdemeanor or felony. A misdemeanor conviction can be punished by up to 1 year in jail. A felony conviction can receive a maximum prison sentence of 3 years.