Credit card fraud is strictly prohibited by both federal and state law. Many different types of conduct are considered to be credit card fraud, all of which could result in serious criminal charges and harsh penalties including a lengthy term of incarceration.
If you have been accused of credit card fraud, you need to understand the nature of the charges against you, evaluate the evidence and determine your best course of action for responding to charges.
This could mean negotiating a plea agreement, trying for acquittal, or trying to get charges dropped before the case against you proceeds.
LV Criminal Defense can help. Our Las Vegas credit card fraud defense lawyers can provide personalized advice specific to your situation on how best to respond to charges. We can also provide you with representation in court or help to negotiate a plea agreement with federal or state prosecutors who have brought charges against you.
You should give us a call as soon as accusations of credit card fraud have been made against you because you need to formulate the best response to serious charges and we can help.
Credit card fraud is considered a property crime in the state of Nevada, which means you will face fraud charges under various statutes found in Nevada Revised Statute Chapter 205, which relates to crimes against property. Within the statutes found in Chapter 205, many different kinds of behavior in connection with credit cards are prohibited. For example, credit card fraud could be defined to include:
Any attempt to misuse a credit card, to use a credit card in an unlawful manner, or to obtain a credit card under false pretenses can result in credit card fraud charges.
However, prosecutors generally must prove intent to defraud. This means the prosecutor must show that your actions were specifically motivated by an attempt to engage in dishonest, unlawful behavior.
Depending upon the nature of your conduct, you could also face additional charges as well. For example, if you obtained personal identifying information or credit card numbers through phishing scams, you could be charged with computer crimes and wire fraud offenses in addition to the credit card fraud charge.
It is also possible that you could face federal charges for credit card fraud under certain circumstances. For example, 15 U.S. Code section 1644 prohibits the fraudulent use of credit cards and criminalizes certain conduct including transporting stolen or counterfeited credit card numbers; using forged, lost, stolen or fraudulently obtained credit cards in interstate commerce; or receiving goods obtained with fraudulent or stolen credit cards.
Penalties under both the state and federal level can include jail or prison time and fines. You will be left with a criminal record and, in many cases, the charge is a felony offense. If you are convicted of a credit card fraud offense, you will typically also be required to make restitution. This means you will need to repay money that you obtained improperly as a result of the credit card fraud offense.
There are a number of potential defenses that you could raise when you have been accused of credit card fraud. Some of the possible defenses include:
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When you are accused of fraud involving a credit card and are facing either state or federal charges, you need to reach out to qualified Las Vegas credit card fraud lawyer as soon as possible. LV Criminal Defense can provide the representation that you need to fight serious charges.
We can help you to determine how best to respond to accusations, advise you during an investigation into your conduct, and represent you either in court or during plea negotiations. To find out more about how our firm can help you, give us a call today.