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Credit Card Fraud | Clearwater

With more people than ever before making transactions online every day, the number of credit card fraud charges in Clearwater and throughout Florida is on the rise. If you have recently had such charges brought against you it is imperative you seek the representative of a criminal defense lawyer who specializes in fraudulent crimes as soon as possible. The longer you wait to consult with an attorney, the greater the risk there is for missing critical opportunities that will help you to build a strong, successful defense.

Types of Credit Card Fraud Crimes

These types of crime typically involve the use of fraudulent credit cards—whether the cards are bought, sold, or forged. They can also include the use of an expired card, using someone else’s without authorization, counterfeiting or altering a card, etc. It is important to note that these charges include the above crimes committed when it is an ATM, bank, debit, check, or any other type of card primarily used for financial transactions and monetary purposes.

While most fraudulent crimes are charged as felonies, depending on the nature of your case, it is possible your charge gets classified as a misdemeanor. The penalties associated with the conviction of these crimes are determined by the State Credit Card Crime Act, with defendants facing the possibility of up to a year in prison for first degree misdemeanors and up to five years for third degree felonies. The prosecution may bring additional charges against you, such as identity theft, which could result in additional punishments.

Credit Card Fraud Defense

When you choose Scott Flint of Clearwater to defend you in court, you will be hiring a seasoned and aggressive defense lawyer with years of experience in Florida Legislation procedures. While working with you to build your defense, we will exhaust any and all angles that can be used to maximize your chances of avoiding conviction. In order to be found guilty, the prosecution and/or State of Florida must prove a number of factors, such as:

  • Defendant intentionally used the forged/stolen card to obtain goods and/or services
  • Defendant was aware the card was unlawfully obtained
  • Defendant wrongfully represented themselves as the card owner

When dealing with the fraudulent use of credit cards, there are a number of different strategies and tactics our lawyer may choose to implement in your defense. For example, it may be possible to prove you had no intent to engage in unlawful activity with the card, or that you had received authorization from the card holder for use.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

As with any crime, it is important to remember that being arrested and/or charged with credit card fraud does not automatically translate to a conviction. There is still time to build a solid defense and protect your rights against ludicrous accusations. But with the nature of these cases being considerably complex and tedious in nature, it is important that you enlist the professional help of a criminal defense attorney in Clearwater that can give you the aggressive approach, strategic defense, and unrelenting attention to detail required to represent you in court.

If you are interested in scheduling a consultation for credit card fraud defense, give the office of Scott Flint, P.A. a call today.

Please Note

Flint Law firm does not accept rape cases or defend crimes against children. 

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