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Under Rhode Island State law section 11-49.1-4, identity theft is defined as someone using another individual’s personal information in order to pose as them and procure services, anything of value, or to obtain goods. In the state of Rhode Island, it is also commonly referred to as identity fraud.
Penalties can be harsh for identity fraud. While the specifics depend greatly on the charges at hand, it is important to have an aggressive Rhode Island identity theft lawyer who can fight on your behalf.
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What Constitutes Identity Fraud in RI?
Identity fraud involves any of the following actions:
- Using unlawful measures to create an identification document
- Intentionally possessing a stolen or fake identification document
- Having in your possession a transfer document device with intent to produce false documents
- Possessing someone’s identification document or other financial information in order to defraud the state of Rhode Island, a private entity, a political subdivision, or the U.S.
- Transferring or intending to use five or more identification documents that belong to other people
- Transferring a stolen or unlawfully produced identification document
- Transfer or use of someone’s personal financial information or identification without their authority and with the intention of fraud
Identification documents can include a driver’s license, Social Security number, full names, dates of birth, and more. Any crime under the umbrella of identity fraud or identity theft is a felony offense in Rhode Island.
Penalties for Identity Fraud
The consequences of an identity fraud conviction rely on whether or not the individual has faced prior convictions for the same offense.
- A first offense involves up to $5,000 in fines and three years in prison.
- A second offense carries no less than three years in prison, but no more than five years, and up to $10,000 in fines.
- A third offense may result in five to ten years in prison, and up to $15,000 in fines.
Additionally, an individual convicted of identity theft may face probation and be ordered to pay restitution to anyone affected by the alleged crime.
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Let Abilheira Law bridge the gap to justice for you or your loved one facing charges for identity theft. We believe that you are innocent until proven otherwise; allow us to fight on your behalf and seek out the best possible result available.
Our firm has a history of successful case results and we do not relent when it comes to protecting your rights and your future. Making ourselves available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, we place our clients as our number one priority.
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