Theft is an old crime with lots of new twists which few theft criminal defense attorneys in Houston seem to be able to grapple with the details of, considering the more complex cases. Houston ID Theft defense lawyer Christian Capitaine is available to talk with you if you’ve been criminally charged with a cyber-crime, or other form of identity theft-related offense.
Today, we live in the digital age where travel, messaging, work, business, and crime, have become subject to the terms of technological advancement.
With the increasing relevance of metadata (easily recordable identifiers like social security numbers, names, dates of birth, and other information we care not to illustrate), a financial incentive was born that many good people have been tempted to take advantage of.
In some cases where identity theft is alleged, innocent people can be framed by the planting of data on their device(s) (as with false allegations of child porn possession), others are tempted for financial gain, and yet others buy, sell, and trade this data. These actions, when conducted illegally, are crimes in the eyes of law enforcement.
Understanding Identify Theft Crimes
Depending on the specific actions alleged to have been executed by the defendant, a number of different criminal charges may apply for a number of different reasons which makes every identity theft defense case different.
Some ID theft offenses are federal crimes, others can be prosecuted on a local level.
If a person in Houston illegally uses the information of a person who lives outside of Texas, they will more than likely face federal charges. The federal government prosecutes a case by allowing the case to build, keep eyes on a suspect for years so that the level of the crime matches the level of the expense to prosecute (just an opinion), and to make sure the case is solid before they bring it to a grand jury for indictment.
Examples of ID Theft & Cyber Crimes
- Forgery, Digital Theft, Illegal Downloads
- Possession of Child Pornography
- Fraudulent Use of Communication
- Interception of Communication
- Credit Card and Bank Wire Fraud
- Falsifying Credit Applications
- Unlawful Access to Protected Communications
- Computer Hacking, Network Invasion
Contact The Capitaine Law Firm
Prosecuting attorneys will use all the information gathered during the investigation of the case when determining the charges to apply to the defendant. Factors such as the value of the property stolen, the nature of the data, and the method in which the data was obtained & used can all come to fruition in a prosecutor’s mind when seeking a conviction. This can result in number of different charges stemming from one set of actions.
If you’re in need of a criminal defense lawyer who can defend your rights, effectively represent you in the court of law, contact attorney Christian Capitaine immediately by calling the law office direct at 832-618-7831.