Identity Theft Charges Defense Attorney
Serving All of Oregon, Portland, OR – Beaverton – Gresham
One of the most common theft crimes in Oregon is Identity Theft. As of 2007, Oregon ranked the 13th highest of any state when it comes to identity theft. As such, this crime ranks is one of the most common “white collar” crimes in Oregon. Typically identity theft is a crime that occurs when you use someone’s personal information such as: social security numbers, bank accounts, checks, credit cards, or credit history to obtain goods, services or even an identity in their name.
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You can be charged with identity theft for using the personal information of a deceased person. In fact, the District Attorney can even charge you with identity theft for stealing the personal information of someone that you just made up.
Depending on the nature of the defendants actions, he can be charged with a single count, or multiple counts in Oregon. Single counts often stem from forging a check or opening an account in someone’s name. Multiple charges can occur when you open and use a fraudulent credit card account, debit card or use someone’s social security information.
The penalties in Oregon are stiff for theft related charges. Depending on the nature of the crime committed, the charges levied against you, and past history, sentences can range from probation and a fine to months or even years in jail or prison. On top of that, a theft related conviction can cause you to loose some of your civil rights as well as bar you from future employment opportunities in some fields.