What are the Penalties of Identity Theft in Texas?

What are the Penalties of Identity Theft in Texas?

If you were charged with identity theft in Texas, it is in your best interest to reach out to one of our experienced criminal defense attorneys to discuss the specifics of your case and your options. Our firm is prepared to fight on behalf of you and your future.

What is identity theft in Texas?

Identity theft, also called fraudulent use or possession of identifying information, has sharply increased as technological advancements have been made. Identity theft involves taking someone else’s identifying information with the intent of harming or defrauding that person. Some examples of identifying information in the state of Texas include the following:

  • Name
  • Date of birth
  • Fingerprints, voiceprints, and retina or iris images
  • Electric ID numbers, addresses, routing codes, or financial account numbers
  • Telecommunication ID information or access device
  • Social security numbers or other ID numbers issued by the government

If you were charged with identity theft in Texas, it is in your best interest to reach out to one of our experienced criminal defense attorneys. Our legal team is equipped with the knowledge and experience needed to ensure that you and your future are protected.

What are the penalties for identity theft in Texas?

In order to be convicted of identity theft in Texas, it is expected that you are discovered with possession of the identifying information of three or more people. The penalties you face for your crime depend on the amount of identifying information you are found with.  When referencing the Texas Penal Code, you may face the following penalties if you are found guilty of identity theft:

  • State jail felony if you used less than five pieces of identifying information.
  • Third-degree felony if you used more than five but less than 10 pieces of identifying information.
  • Second-degree felony if you used more than 10 but less than 50 pieces of identifying information.
  • First-degree felony if you used 50 or more pieces of identifying information.

In addition to the above consequences, you may also be ordered to pay restitution to the victim(s). Restitution can include lost income, attorney’s fees, and other expenses acquired as a result of the crime.

If you are undergoing an investigation for identity theft, do not hesitate to contact The Gonzalez Law Group as soon as possible to obtain an experienced Texas criminal defense attorney.

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