If you’re facing criminal charges for credit card fraud, you most likely have a litany of questions regarding your case. We have handled thousands of credit card fraud cases and our attorneys know how stressful this time may be for you. It is our goal to ensure you obtain the answers you deserve, as well as give you the representation and assistance you need to ensure a successful outcome for your case. And of course to avoid jail time!
Credit card fraud can take many forms. Some of the more popular examples include the following:
- Internet credit card fraud: This type of credit card fraud occurs when a person hacks to obtain a customer’s information and uses the credit card information to make fraudulent purchases.
- Skimming: Skimming typically is done at ATMs so that criminals can see the numbers on people’s credit cards and then sell the information on the black market.
- Mail credit card fraud: This type of credit card fraud takes place when a person takes someone else’s credit card offer from the mail to authorize a new or replacement credit account.
- Charge-back: This type of credit card fraud happens when a customer uses a credit card to buy items and then claims they never made the purchase.
A maximum fine of $1,000 or so, and a sentence of up to one year in the county jail. As the value of the property received increases, so does the penalty. Felony credit card fraud in which property of significant value was obtained might be punishable by a $25,000 fine and 15 years in prison.
It’s not fraud to lend out your card but people do go to jail for credit card fraud, and they can stay there for surprisingly long periods of time.
The crime of Felony Fraudulent use of a Credit Card is a Third Degree Felony in Florida and is punishable by up to five (5) years in prison, five (5) years of probation, and a $5,000 fine. Felony Fraudulent use of a Credit Card is assigned a Level 2 offense severity ranking under Florida’s Criminal Punishment Code.
Today, you cannot go to prison for failing to pay for a “civil debt” like a credit card, loan, or hospital bill. You can, however, be forced to go to jail if you don’t pay your taxes or child support.
The card issuer does not have a contract with you when you use a deceased person’s card, so you cannot be sued under the terms of the credit card contract. However, you did incur a debt illegally. … If you used a credit card after the cardholder died, you should pay off the card if you can.
Filing a false police report could be either, or both, depending on how the accusation was made. Defamation is not a crime, and you can’t press charges for it. Rather, you would sue the person who made the untrue statements in a civil court.
If an alleged assault or battery victim does not wish to prosecute, he or she may file a request not to prosecute. Although the prosecutor takes a victim’s wishes into consideration, there is no guarantee that the charges will be dropped. You should hire an experienced assault and battery defense attorney to represent you so that all of your possible defenses are explored. Named victims may not be credible because they may have a criminal record and/or they may have a reputation in the community for violence. These scenarios can have a tremendous effect on your case if presented properly and promptly to the prosecuting agency.
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