In the state of Nevada, many criminal laws prohibit identity theft, false personification, and related offenses. There are numerous laws in place imposing strict penalties on those who misuse others personal information because the state has a vested interest in preventing this type of criminal conduct.
The laws treat identity theft offenses as a serious crime because victims whose identifying information is taken can experience very serious consequences. In fact, they can find that their entire life is derailed by the individual who is impersonating them, especially if that individual commits criminal acts or opens credit in their name.
The state of Nevada not only imposes penalties on those who engage in wrongdoing, but the state also provides help in the form of identity theft program cards to victims. If you want to learn more about this assistance, you should reach out to Vegas defense attorneys at LV Criminal Defense. Our compassionate and knowledgeable legal team is comprised of attorneys with extensive knowledge of Nevada’s identity theft laws and we can provide assistance and advice on the ways in which Nevada law could protect you.
The state of Nevada has put a special program in place for victims of identity theft. The rules for that special program are outlined within Chapter 205, which is the part of Nevada’s penal code that punishes property offenses. Details on this program are contained within this chapter because there is a subsection of Chapter 205 that deals with fraud and false personification offenses.
The relevant statute aiming to offer help to victims of identity theft is Nevada Revised Statute section 205.4651. According to Nevada Revised Statute section 205.4651, a person who is a victim of identity theft who is a Nevada resident and who has filed a report with police in any state indicating he is a victim of identity theft can apply for an identity theft program card through an agency that has been designated by the Attorney General of the state. Non-residents who have filed a police report about identity theft with a Nevada law enforcement agency can also apply for a card.
When an agent receives an application for an identity theft program card and a copy of the required police report, the card should be issued. Those who have an identity theft program card can use the card to prevent arrest or detention for crimes committed by someone using his or her personal identifying information and can provide the card to creditors to help the creditors to conduct an investigation into fraudulent accounts.
Creditors or law enforcement agents presented with an identity theft ID card have sole discretion to reject or accept the card based on the circumstances. However, N.R.S. 205.4651 stipulates that any person with an identity theft program card must be given a reasonable opportunity to prove to law enforcement, lawfully interested parties, or government entities that the individual is actually the victim of identity theft and is not associated with the alleged criminal acts, breach of contract, or other wrongdoing that was done in his or her name by the perpetrator of the identity theft.
Identity theft is defined within the statute to include offenses that are violations of specific offenses outlined in Chapter 205 of title 15.
LV Criminal Defense provides comprehensive legal advice on issues related to identity theft and false personification offenses. To talk with Nevada defense attorneys who know the laws well and who are ready to advocate on your behalf, give us a call today.