Fraud and forgery offenses in Arizona can carry prison terms of up to 2 ½ years for a first offense. If you are facing a serious criminal charge and sentence such as fraud, forgery, or identity theft, you need an Arizona defense attorney on your side to help you aggressively protect your legal rights and freedoms. Contact us today to discuss your case.
Theft of a Credit Card – AZ Laws & Penalties
If you possess or take someone else’s credit card without their consent you may be found guilty of this offense. Also, if you hold onto someone’s credit card as a security for debt or sell a credit card with the intent to defraud you can be convicted.
This offense is a Class 5 felony and carries a potential sentence of 1 ½ years for the first time offender.
This offense applies even if you don’t use the credit card.
Ref: Theft of a Credit Card – Arizona Statute ARS 13-2102
Fraudulent Use of a Credit Card – Laws & Penalties
If you use a credit card or are on the receiving end of anything purchased off an illegally obtained credit card (and you are aware of it), you may be charged with one of these offenses. What your potential sentence is depends on the value of the items obtained.
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These potential sentences are for first time offenders. If this is your second on greater conviction, you will be facing stiffer penalties.
Remember: You do not have to use the credit card to be convicted of this offense. If a friend is in possession of the credit card and offers to buy you a gift, for example, you could then be charged
Ref: Fraudulent Use of a Credit Card – Arizona Statutes ARS 13-2103, 2105
Forgery – Laws & Penalties
If you are facing the charge of forgery, you may be convicted if you made or altered a written document (or “instrument”), if you possessed a forged document or instrument, or if you tried to pass one off as legitimate.
Forgery is a Class 4 felony and carries a potential 4 ½ year prison term for the first time offender.
Ref: Arizona Forgery Statutes- ARS 13-2002
Obtaining a Signature by Deception in Arizona – Laws & Penalties
Although it is only a misdemeanor, obtaining a signature by deception is the highest level misdemeanor under Arizona State Law.
If you obtain someone’s signature with intent to defraud or if you misrepresent or omit any information in an effort to obtain the signature, you can be charged with this Class 1 misdemeanor.
Obtaining a Signature by Deception carries a potential sentence of 6 months in prison as well as $2,500 and any applicable restitution.
Ref: Obtaining a Signature by Deception Statues ARS 13-2005
Identity Theft – Laws & Penalties
Arizona leads the country in the amount of identity theft cases. Because Arizona’s identity theft problem is nationally recognized, the state attorney general and the judiciary have been known to prosecute and punish these cases aggressively, to the fullest extent of the law.
Identity theft is a Class 4 felony and carries with it a potential 2 ½ year sentence for first time offenders. More than likely if you are facing a charge of identity theft you will also face additional charges for any fraudulent activity you may have undertaken in the other person’s name.
Identity theft is just the taking of the other person’s identity. Additional charges can be brought for any fraud or forgery that was committed in that person’s name.
Ref: AZ Identity Theft Statutes – ARS 13-2008
Criminal Impersonation Laws
Criminal impersonation, and (aggravated) taking the identity of another can apply in cases where undocumented workers use false social security cards or numbers to obtain employment.
Depending on the circumstances of the offense, it can be charged as a Felony Class 6 with can carry a penalty of up to 1 1/2 years in jail, or a Misdemeanor Class 1, with up to 6 months in jail.
Ref: Criminal Impersonation Statutes – ARS 13-2006
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