Call now for a no-charge, no-obligation case evaluation.

What is identity theft? Why is it such a serious crime?

When people think of theft crimes, they might not think of identity theft. Identity theft is an ever-growing problem that can put people's lives in a huge upheaval. The possible effects that identity theft can have on the victim is one reason why Maryland has taken such a hard stance against this crime.

What is identity theft?

A person using another person's identifying information without that person's permission is the simple definition of identity theft. The identifying information can consist of a person's name, birth date, Social Security number, and any other information necessary to pretend they are that person.

What can a person do with identifying information?

A person might use another person's identifying information to open credit accounts, bank accounts, or similar financial transactions. In some cases, the person might use the identifying information to access accounts that the victim already has open. This might give them access to bank accounts or credit cards.

Why is identity theft so serious?

A person who is the victim of identity theft often has to spend hours upon hours to get their financial affairs back in order. They might suffer a monetary loss because of the identity theft. For the person who is accused of identity theft, the charge is serious because it is a felony that comes with a host of possible penalties that the court can impose upon conviction.

If you are charged with identity theft, you should get work on your defense right away. The penalties for an identity theft conviction can include fines, restitution, imprisonment, and other penalties.

Source: FindLaw, "Identity Theft," accessed Dec. 31, 2015

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information

Contact Us To Discuss Your Options

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.


Privacy Policy

Get In Touch

Salisbury Office
208 Calvert Street
P.O. Box 33
Salisbury, MD 21801

Toll Free: 866-242-3785
Phone: 410-713-4465
Salisbury Law Office Map

Ocean City Office
9307 Chesapeake Drive
Unit D5904
Ocean City, MD 21842

Map & Directions

  • We offer free consultations for criminal cases, And we accept multiple payment methods, including MasterCard, Visa and Discover.
  • Spanish-language translation services are available / Servicios del intérprete disponibles.