Credit Card Fraud Denver Attorney
Fraud by credit, bank, debit, or cash card is a non violent economic crime committed against an individual, business or organization with the intent to deceive. Credit Card Theft, Fraud and Forgery is the criminal act of falsely creating, falsely altering or representing financial cards, devices or personal identifying information without authorization with the intention to deceive and defraud.
Philip M. Smith • Attorney • Denver, Colorado
Credit Card Fraud and Theft
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Credit Card Fraud schemes have become more and more sophisticated and most Colorado jurisdictions have the most current technology to investigate this type of fraud. Law enforcement is able to follow the trail of an online purchase made on a computer as well as mail order credit card purchases. These transactions can identify an individual using the information to purchase merchandise fraudulently. If you have used a fake or stolen credit card or cash card to purchase merchandise either in person or by internet, a sting operation, surveillance or security camera footage may be used to support an arrest for possession of a financial device.
Philip M. Smith has over 32 years of legal experience
as a judge, district attorney, and a private attorney
practicing in all areas of criminal defense law.
A person may commit credit card fraud, forgery or theft when:
- A person using another’s credit card or personal identification number with the assumption there is consent because of prior use
- A stolen card was used for a transaction
- Unlawful access to another individual’s personal financial information
- Unlawful possession of another person‘s information to open a credit card account
- Purchase of merchandise or services using another’s credit card
- Mail fraud, stealing credit cards
- Manufacture of credit cards
- Use of expired card or insufficient funds on the card
- Unlawful duplication of refund receipts for personal gain
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First, DO NOT discuss this arrest with ANYONE except your attorney. Family, friends or coworkers may be called as witnesses. If you are being investigated or charged with a forgery or fraud charge in the Denver Metro area, make no statements to law enforcement and DO NOT make a confession expecting any leniency. Law enforcement may try to solve similar crimes by gaining your confession. I will initiate contact with law enforcement in your behalf.
As with all criminal charges it is critical for me to obtain as much information about the incident as quickly as possible. I will speak with you about the circumstances leading to your arrest. Anything you share with me or my staff is completely confidential. I will examine the evidence that has been collected by law enforcement and the prosecution to see if it is admissible and should be suppressed if it was collected improperly. Frequently in these types of crimes I use private investigators, forensic experts and other experts to review the evidence collected and support your case.
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Attorney Philip M. Smith
As your criminal defense lawyer, I work to diminish prior offenses or call attention to a good record to ensure you receive the most favorable disposition possible regardless if this matter results in a plea bargain or goes to trial. I negotiate with the prosecutor to gain the best possible resolution to your criminal case such as a dismissal, obtaining a Deferred Judgment or possibly the Diversion program which are eligible for Sealing upon completion of the terms of probation.
Penalties of Credit Card Fraud or Forgery Convictions
Convictions for fraud or forgery criminal charges range from Misdemeanor charges with presumptive sentences of up to 18 months, fines and most often include restitution. Felony charges with presumptive sentences of up to Class 3 with presumptive sentences of up 12 years prison and 5 years parole, fines and restitution.
Impact of a Credit Card Fraud Conviction
It is important to fully explore the facts and law before taking a guilty plea. You may be facing additional criminal charges to fraud or forgery. Presumptive sentences will reflect those charges.
White Collar Crime convictions are not eligible for Sealing. Arrest, charges, and conviction information is available to law enforcement, military, government agencies and the public. Landlords and employers will not risk their property or the property of their tenants and employees by renting or hiring a person who they see as a threat because of your charge or conviction.
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Philip M. Smith, Denver Criminal Defense Lawyer, 303-333-8900 today for a free and confidential initial consultation. If you need a criminal defense lawyer for your White Collar Crime, Forgery, Fraud criminal charge, or if you have questions about criminal charges, I encourage you to contact me.