What is identity theft?
Identity theft is defined as an individual fraudulently using or attempting to use the identification information of another person with the intent to obtain services, property, or other benefits. Identification information refers to another person’s information that can be used to obtain a benefit. The most common examples of identification information include the following:
- Telephone number
- Date of birth
- Social security number
- Bank account numbers
- Credit cards
- Student ID number
What are the penalties for identity theft in Iowa?
The penalties for identity theft vary depending on the circumstances of the occurrence. Identity theft is considered a class D felony if the value of the property, service or benefits exceed $1,500. This means that a person could be sentenced to five years in prison. Further penalties include a fine of up to $10,245 plus a 15% surcharge.
On the other hand, if the value of the benefits, service, or property does not exceed $1500, this is considered an aggravated misdemeanor. The penalties of this charge include up to two years in prison, a fine of up to $8,540, plus a 15% surcharge.
Further consequences of being charged with identity theft in Iowa include the following:
- You will be required to pay restitution
- It will affect your ability to obtain a degree
- You will likely lose your employment if you work at a bank or other financial institution
If you are facing identity theft charges, it is important that you retain the services of an experienced and aggressive criminal defense attorney. To learn how our firm can assist you with your charges, give us a call at Herting Law, PLLC today. Our legal team will explore all avenues of defense on your behalf. To get started today, schedule your initial consultation as soon as possible.
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