Identity Theft Crimes Attorney in Denver, Colorado
Identity Theft is a non violent economic crime committed against an individual, business or organization with the intent to deceive by fraud or forgery. Financial information created, altered or falsified for the purpose of financial gain without authorization of the owner is a crime.
Philip M. Smith • Criminal Defense Attorney
Identity Theft Lawyer
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Types of identity theft might be:
- Credit card theft
- Internet or computer ID theft
- Bank ID theft
- Social security ID theft
- Criminal impersonation
Two of the most common means of ID theft are by selling and purchasing another’s social security number and using that number to gain employment, services and purchasing power. Internet searches accessing IP addresses of unprotected computers for the purpose of obtaining personal identification information is also considered ID theft.
Although courts and prosecutors are often more lenient on first time offenders, each case is unique. I personally evaluate each case. I examine how best to approach your facts and tailor an individual strategy for achieving your goal.
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.
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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 identity theft, make no statements to law enforcement and DO NOT make a confession expecting any leniency. I will initiate or follow up with the police detective 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.ID theft cases happen quickly. Plenty of investigation has been going on before you ever know. The sooner I can get started the faster I can achieve the best resolution for you in this criminal allegation. I will speak with you about the circumstances leading to your arrest.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.
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Attorney Philip M. Smith
Frequently in these types of crimes I use private investigators, forensic experts and other computer experts to review the evidence collected and support your case. 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. I seek the most desirable disposition options 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.
Consequences to an Identity Theft Conviction
It is important to fully explore the facts of the allegations against you with a knowledgeable criminal defense attorney experienced in handling identity theft criminal cases before taking a guilty plea. Convictions in misdemeanor theft or forgery criminal charges have sentences of up to 12 months jail in addition to court costs, fines and restitution. Felony charges have a presumptive prison sentence of up to twelve years in addition to court costs, fines and restitution. You may be facing additional criminal charges to fraud or forgery. Presumptive sentences will reflect those charges.
Identity theft 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. I want to help you get the best resolution to your case but you need to know exactly what you are facing if you take a guilty plea. Call me to discuss the defense strategies for your specific charge.
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If you need a criminal defense lawyer for your Identity Theft criminal charge, or if you have questions about criminal charges, I encourage you to contact me, Philip M. Smith, Denver Criminal Defense Lawyer, 303-333-8900 today for a free and confidential initial consultation.