Daytona Beach Credit Card Fraud Lawyer
With personal information being easy to access via modern technology and the numerous channels through which to conduct transactions online, criminal activity related to credit cards has skyrocketed in recent years. Authorities have responded by cracking down on illegal conduct under Florida credit card fraud statutes and federal laws. They employ sophisticated tools of their own to apprehend suspects, and the nature of these offenses means you may be the subject of an official investigation without even knowing it. Law enforcement could be probing your personal information to gather evidence against you, often in violation of your rights.
At O’Mara Law Group, our attorneys are dedicated to fighting on behalf of clients accused of criminal acts. We understand the legal nuances that apply to credit card fraud cases, and we know strategies for defending the charges. If you were arrested, please contact our firm to set up a consultation with a Daytona Beach credit card fraud lawyer right away. An overview of the laws and defense strategies is also helpful for explaining the basics.
Conduct That Violates Credit Card Fraud Laws
Any illegal activity in connection with a credit card may constitute fraud, such as:
- Making unauthorized purchases;
- Phishing and other unlawful use of someone’s personal identity to open a credit card account;
- Identity theft;
- Accessing personal information through an illegal credit card reader, i.e., skimming;
- Counterfeiting and creating bogus credit cards;
- Possessing and trafficking in devices used for skimming and counterfeiting;
- Submitting a false credit card application; and
- Stealing someone’s mail to obtain a card or personal information.
Regardless of the specific type of scheme, the prosecution has a heavy burden to convict someone of a credit card. The government must prove, beyond a reasonable doubt, that the suspect used deception in order to obtain money or something of value. Plus, credit card fraud is a crime that requires the prosecutor to show an intent to defraud.
Skilled Legal Help at All Stages of a Criminal Case
If convicted of federal credit card fraud, you face 10 to 20 years in prison and a fine up to $250,000. Under Florida’s credit card fraud laws, the crime may be charged as a felony punishable by up to 5 years in prison and a $5,000 fine. Therefore, it is essential to retain a Daytona Beach credit card fraud lawyer to assist with the criminal process. The O’Mara Law Group will tackle the relevant legal issues and protect your rights through such tasks as:
- Advising you during pre-arrest investigations;
- Counseling you during police questioning;
- Representing you at arraignment and securing bail;
- Filing motions to toss illegally obtained evidence;
- Bringing a dismiss the charges;
- Consulting with you on plea bargaining; and
- Advocating on your behalf at trial.
Count on Our Daytona Beach Credit Car Fraud Attorneys to Defend Your Rights
For more information on defenses and other strategies for fighting the charges, please contact the O’Mara Law Group at 407-634-6604 or via our website. We can schedule a consultation with a Florida credit care fraud lawyer who can explain additional details about your options.