Debit & Credit Card Fraud Attorney
Handling Accusations of Fraudulent Credit Card Use
Did you know that simply having a credit or debit card in your possession without the knowledge or consent of the card’s owner is enough to be charged with fraudulent use? The card does not actually have to be used in order to be charged with a crime, but this will play a major role in the case against you.
When you’ve been accused, do not hesitate to reach out to our criminal defense lawyers in Kingsport, TN at the Meade Law Group.
What Must Be Proven for a Conviction?
Much like forgery, to be criminally charged or convicted requires the prosecution to prove fraudulent intent and that the owner of the card did not knowingly consent. Much like theft, the dollar amount of use will determine the severity of the charge and the punishments an individual may face.
Fraud is a serious charge and carries with it harsh penalties. These include:
- Jail and prison time
- Restitution, fines, and legal costs
- Community service
You may also be charged with a felony, should the amount used on the credit card be over $500. At the highest level, a Class B Felony, you can receive a sentence of up to 30 years in prison and a fine of up to $25,000. A felony conviction on your record will follow you for the rest of your life.
Possible Defenses for Credit or Debit Card Fraud
When you are accused of fraud in Tennessee, it is important that you have a legal advocate on your side who can fight your charge. The Johnson City criminal defense attorneys at the Meade Law Group will look at your specific case in order to prove lack of intent, entrapment, duress, or more. In addition, we can argue for lesser charges, if possible.
The aggressive, experienced defense team at our firm can ensure that you receive the best representation possible. We have what it takes to prove the elements of your defense. Call (423) 464-7779 to discuss your case during a free initial phone consultation.