What are the Consequences of Identity Theft in New York?

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If you have been charged with identity theft in New York, you will likely face severe life-altering penalties. It is in your best interest to reach out to one of our New York criminal defense attorneys to discuss the specifics of your case and your options.

How is identity theft defined in New York?

Identity theft in New York is defined as “knowingly and with intent to defraud” assuming another individual’s identity and with that identity, obtaining goods, money, property, or services, using a credit or causing financiers loss, or committing a class A misdemeanor or higher level crime.

What are the penalties for identity theft in New York?

The consequences of identity theft can be severe. The penalties also vary by degree. The following are the penalties for third, second, and first-degree offenses in New York:

  • Third Degree Identity Theft is considered a Class A misdemeanor. This is punishable by up to 1 year in prison. Consequences will also include a fine of up to $1,000 or up to double the value of the property subject to the crime.
  • Second Degree Identity Theft is considered a Class E felony. This is punishable by up to 4 years in prison. Penalties will include a fine of up to $5,000 or up to double the value of the defendant’s gain from the crime.
  • First Degree Identity Theft / Aggravated Identity Theft are Class D felonies. These are punishable by up to 7 years in prison. Consequences will include a fine of up to $5,000 or up to double the value of the defendant’s gain from the crime.

What should I do if I am accused?

The first step you should take if you have been accused of identity theft is to retain the services of a skilled and knowledgeable criminal defense attorney who recognizes that this crime can carry heavy consequences that result in life-long burdens. Our criminal defense firm is prepared to investigate all defense options for you. Our legal team is prepared to fight on your behalf in court if necessary. If you have any additional questions regarding these charges in New York, do not hesitate to contact us today.


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