Federal Credit Card Fraud Defense Attorneys
Protecting your rights if you face federal credit card fraud charges
Credit card fraud is a common white collar offense. Both the Internet and other technological developments have made it significantly easier for individuals to design and execute fraud schemes involving credit cards for wrongful financial gain. While credit card fraud can cause significant financial injury to victims, many people find themselves facing charges or sentences that are more serious than they should be. If you believe you are under suspicion of credit card fraud, you should immediately consult with an experienced criminal defense lawyer who knows how to defend against this type of charge.
Felice Duffy and Paul Thomas have extensive experience with the federal criminal justice system and understand how to skillfully defend you against credit card fraud allegations. Please call Duffy Law, LLC at 203-946-2000 to discuss your case.
Credit card charges have serious penalties
While credit card fraud may not seem as serious as a violent crime, you may face severe penalties for this type of offense. The specific legal consequences for credit card fraud depend on the type of fraud scheme in question, the extent of the scheme, and the amount of funds that were misappropriated. Some examples of acts that would qualify as credit card fraud include:
- Theft and wrongful use of another person’s physical credit card
- Theft, sales, or use of credit card numbers or related data for use online
- Using another individual’s information to apply for and obtain a credit card
- Manufacturing, selling, or using forged credit cards
- Phishing or skimming schemes
Depending on the particular act, you could face up to ten or fifteen years in federal prison for a first conviction for credit card fraud. If you have a previous conviction for credit card fraud on your criminal record, the sentence could increase to up to twenty years of imprisonment. In addition, you may have to forfeit property related to the offense to the federal government. Because many credit card schemes involve either the mail or the Internet, if you are accused of credit card fraud you may face additional charges of Internet fraud and mail or wire fraud, which come with additional penalties. If more than one person was believed to be involved in your alleged scheme, the prosecutor may charge you with conspiracy.
Contact a Connecticut federal credit card fraud defense lawyer as soon as possible
If you have been accused of credit card fraud by federal authorities, your first call should be to discuss your case with a highly experienced criminal defense attorney who understands the federal criminal justice system. Our attorneys have a thorough understanding of federal laws and procedures. Connecticut attorney Felice Duffy is a former federal prosecutor and attorney Paul Thomas is a former federal defender. They blend their experience to bring a unique 360-degree approach to the criminal defense of every one of their clients. If you are facing, or have reason to think you may be facing, criminal fraud charges, time is of the essence in preparing for your response. Call Duffy Law, LLC at 203-946-2000 for a free consultation.