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Defending Those Who Have Been Charged With Identity Theft in Ohio 

Identity theft is considered a serious crime that can result in severe penalties. If you are facing identity theft charges, it is important to take the situation seriously and seek legal representation as soon as possible. At Bleile & Dawson, our Cincinnati identity theft lawyers are committed to providing the aggressive defense you need. We understand the possible consequences of a conviction and will work to protect your rights and future.

Call Bleile & Dawson today at (513) 399-5945 or contact us online to schedule a consultation with our identity theft attorney in Cincinnati.

What is Identity Theft?

Identity theft involves the unauthorized use or possession of someone else's personal information with the intent to commit fraud, gain financial advantages, or cause harm. This stolen information can include social security numbers, bank account details, and credit card information. Identity thieves can obtain this information through various means, including phishing scams, data breaches, mail theft, and even rummaging through garbage for discarded documents.

What are the Penalties for Identity Theft in Ohio?

The severity of the penalties may vary depending on the circumstances and the extent of the crime, but common penalties for identity theft in Ohio include:

  • Criminal Charges: Identity theft can result in criminal charges ranging from misdemeanors to felonies, depending on the nature and extent of the crime.
  • Fines and Restitution: Convicted individuals may be required to pay fines and restitution to compensate victims for their financial losses.
  • Imprisonment: Identity theft convictions can lead to imprisonment, with sentences varying from several months to several years, depending on the severity of the offense.
  • Criminal Record: A conviction for identity theft will result in a criminal record that can have a long-lasting negative effect on your life, including potential difficulties in finding employment, housing, and obtaining loans.
  • Civil Lawsuits: Victims of identity theft may file civil lawsuits to recover damages and losses. This can result in substantial financial liability for the defendant.

Defenses Against Identity Theft Charges

Some common defenses against identity theft charges may include:

  • Lack of Intent: If we can demonstrate that you did not have the intention to commit identity theft or were unaware that the information you possessed was stolen, it can be a strong defense.
  • Insufficient Evidence: Challenging the evidence presented against you, such as witness testimony or surveillance footage, can be a key strategy in building your defense.
  • Mistaken Identity: The wrong person is accused of identity theft. Our attorneys can help gather evidence to establish that you are not the perpetrator.
  • Unlawful Search and Seizure: If law enforcement violated your Fourth Amendment rights during the investigation, we can argue for the exclusion of illegally obtained evidence.
  • Consent: If you had the legal consent to use the information in question, this can be a valid defense.
  • Coercion or Duress: If you were forced or threatened to commit identity theft against your will, we can argue that you should not be held criminally responsible.
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