Philadelphia Identity Theft Defense Lawyers

A Pennsylvania identity theft conviction can result in prison, thousands in fines, and a massive dent in your criminal record. The Commonwealth will prosecute you based on federal, state, and local law enforcement evidence, but their evidence may not be the smoking gun they think. The experienced Philadelphia identity theft defense lawyers at Shuttleworth Law PC can help you build a case strategy that seeks to get your charges dropped, dismissed, or reduced.

“Identity theft cases are highly complex matters. The digital evidence found by investigators could mean absolutely nothing if they didn’t go about gathering, or even preserving it, the right way. Hire my law firm to hold prosecutors to the burden of proof beyond a reasonable doubt.”

Brad V. Shuttleworth, Esq.

Founder & Philadelphia Identity Theft Defense Lawyer, Shuttleworth Law PC

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Our firm’s legal team represents clients throughout Pennsylvania and South Jersey. Our Philadelphia identity theft defense lawyers have established a practice based on an unwavering commitment to clients and our ability to handle even the most complex cases. Call Shuttleworth Law PC today for a Free Case Evaluation at (215) 774-1371 or message us here.

Shuttleworth Law PC Represents Complex Identity Theft Cases

Law enforcement has made investigating and prosecuting identity theft crimes a top priority in Pennsylvania. In a sense, they’re like a dog with a bone when it comes to these cases.

Shuttleworth Law PC understands this implicitly.

As such, we represent individuals charged with identity theft aggressively and strategically. We understand this rapidly evolving area and will develop a robust and persuasive defense strategy that protects your legal rights.

Are you being accused of any of the following crimes?

  • …Using stolen credit cards?
  • …Using counterfeit checks or bank accounts?
  • …Applying for credit cards, assistance, utilities, or loans in another’s name?
  • …Committing Immigration identity fraud?
  • …Other acts of identity theft?

Identity theft that crosses state lines can become a federal offense, making cases even more complex. Plus, many cases involve highly-technical computer data and information that prosecutors will use against you.

The Philadelphia identity theft defense lawyers at Shuttleworth Law PC have extensive experience working with complex computer-based evidence. We can enlist the assistance of experts, investigators, and other outside professionals to mount a strong defense on your behalf.

Don’t Accept Guilt for an Unproven Crime

We want to bring as much control back to your side of things as possible, regardless of what anyone says about you. The legal team at Shuttleworth Law PC will have your back from the very beginning. Get more information about how we could help with a Free Case Evaluation at (215) 774-1371.

PA Identity Theft Penalties Are No Joke

Anyone accused of identity theft should seek immediate legal representation from our Philadelphia identity theft defense lawyer. According to 18 PaCS § 4120, you face charges based on the offense’s circumstances, including the value of any property or services obtained through identifying information.

§ 4120.  Identity theft.  (a)  Offense defined.--A person commits the offense of identity theft of another person if he possesses or uses, through any means, identifying information of another person without the consent of that other person to further any unlawful purpose.  (b)  Separate offenses.--Each time a person possesses or uses identifying information in violation of subsection (a) constitutes a separate offense under this section. However, the total values involved in offenses under this section committed pursuant to one scheme or course of conduct, whether from the same victim or several victims, may be aggregated in determining the grade of the offense.  (c)  Grading.--The offenses shall be graded as follows:  (1)  Except as otherwise provided in paragraph (2), an offense under subsection (a) falls within the following classifications depending on the value of any property or services obtained by means of the identifying information:  (i)  if the total value involved is less than $2,000, the offense is a misdemeanor of the first degree;  (ii)  if the total value involved was $2,000 or more, the offense is a felony of the third degree;  (iii)  regardless of the total value involved, if the offense is committed in furtherance of a criminal conspiracy as defined in section 903 (relating to criminal conspiracy), the offense is a felony of the third degree; (Continues off page)

Source: PA General Assembly’s website, 2022

Penalties that you could face include:

First-degree misdemeanor (Less than $2,000)

Up to five years imprisonment and fines up to $10,000

Third-degree felony (More than $2,000)

Up to seven years imprisonment and $15,000 in fines

Second-degree felony (3rd or greater ID theft conviction)

Up to ten years imprisonment and $25,000 in fines

One grade above the original offense

If the victim was aged 60 or older

All identity theft allegations are severe criminal charges that can cast a dark shadow on your entire life.

As these crimes become more prevalent in contemporary society, local and federal law enforcement agencies have formed specialized task forces dedicated to arresting, prosecuting, and convicting offenders. To make matters more difficult, prosecutors back their efforts to obtain convictions and severe penalties.

Retain the services of a fearless and tenacious Philadelphia identity theft defense lawyer to push back against their efforts.

Federal Charges Against Pennsylvania Recognize Theft

Identity theft is a federal offense, which means that those accused may also face charges from the US government. A conviction for identity theft can result in up to 15 years in prison under the Identity Theft and Assumption Deterrence Act (ITADA). It sometimes comes with a mandatory-minimum sentence of two years in prison, on top of any other sentence you get for the crime.

Additional statutes and laws regarding credit card fraud and other offenses may also apply.

Your Identity Theft Charges Are DEFENSIBLE!

If police accuse you of identity theft, you have legal rights and options. Do not unwillingly accept charges for a crime you didn’t commit or remain unproven by prosecutors.

You can count on our Philadelphia identity theft lawyers to analyze your case for viable defenses, including:

  • You had the authorization to use their identity
  • There is no evidence of fraudulent intent or unauthorized use
  • Someone else committed the crime
  • You had an alibi
  • Did not prove the case beyond a reasonable doubt
  • Other personalized identity theft defenses

Due to the complexity of these cases and the level of skill required to defend them, you need a legal team with a track record of success in handling computer and white-collar crimes. Shuttleworth Law PC will take the bull by the horns if you hire our legal team while providing strength and guidance throughout the legal process.

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Shuttleworth Law PC has aggressively defended clients in identity theft and other criminal cases throughout Pennsylvania and South Jersey. Your Philadelphia identity theft defense lawyers will conduct in-depth investigations into your charges while mounting the most robust possible defense.

We are familiar with the nuances of state and federal identity theft laws and the tactics frequently used by police and prosecutors to obtain a conviction.

Shuttleworth Law PC promises to keep clients informed and involved throughout their cases, taking the time to understand their circumstances and clearly explain their options. If you or a loved one is facing identity theft charges, call us for a Free Case Evaluation at (215) 774-1371 or complete our form below.

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