Conspiracy & Credit Card Fraud are a growing crime in Orange County, CA. From stolen identity to the unauthorized use of a credit card, individuals can be charged with a misdemeanor crime up to a felony. The punishment has become harsher in the last several years because of heightened awareness. Credit card fraud can be charged as a federal crime for those operations that take place across state lines, are punishable by 10 to 20 years in prison and have larger fines assessed. Transactions that are less than $400 may be charged as a misdemeanor petty theft crime which has a lower punishment levels, and possibility of no jail time.
In many cases there are circumstances that lead defendants to these types of offenses. Sometimes addiction is involved, which if identified by a defense attorney, can make a difference in sentencing. There are alternatives to incarceration and larger fines, by which a defendant can get, help for his/her addiction. In some cases the Irvine, CA court may require the defendant to make restitution to the victim.
Those that have been charged with Conspiracy & Credit Card Fraud should contact an attorney in the Orange County, CA area. Representation is important to help petition the court for the least restrictive punishment, fines and restitution.