In today's digital age, identity theft and deception have become increasingly prevalent. The misuse of someone else's identifying information can have severe consequences, both legally and personally. In the state of Indiana, Identity Deception is a criminal offense under IC 35-43-5-3.5. At B. Hicks Law, we specialize in criminal defense and are committed to protecting your rights if you're facing charges related to identity deception.
Understanding Indiana Code 35-43-5-3.5: Identity Deception
IC 35-43-5-3.5 outlines the specific laws related to identity deception in Indiana. This statute defines identity deception as knowingly or intentionally obtaining, possessing, transferring, or using someone else's identifying information with the intent to harm or defraud another person. Identity deception is categorized as a Level 6 felony in most cases.
However, there are instances when this offense can be elevated to a Level 5 felony. These include situations where:
The offender obtains, possesses, transfers, or uses the identifying information of more than one hundred (100) persons.
The fair market value of the fraud or harm caused by the offense is at least fifty thousand dollars ($50,000).
The offender obtains, possesses, transfers, or uses the identifying information of a person who is less than eighteen (18) years of age and falls under specific relationships like being the person's son or daughter, dependent, ward, or guardian.
It's crucial to note that a person's age, a minor's actions related to obtaining certain items (like alcoholic beverages, cigarettes, or adult content), and using identifying information for a lawful purpose are exceptions to the prohibitions set forth in this statute.
The Importance of Legal Defense
If you find yourself facing charges under Indiana's Identity Deception laws, you need a knowledgeable and experienced criminal defense attorney on your side. At B. Hicks Law, we understand the intricacies of this legal area and are here to protect your rights and build a strong defense strategy.
Why Choose B. Hicks Law Firm?
Expertise: Our attorneys have extensive experience in criminal defense, and we're well-versed in the nuances of Indiana's identity deception laws.
Personalized Approach: We believe in taking a personalized approach to each case. We will work closely with you to understand the specifics of your situation and build a defense strategy tailored to your needs.
Commitment: Our commitment to our clients' well-being and rights is unwavering. We will do everything in our power to achieve the best possible outcome for your case.
Proven Success: B. Hicks Law has a strong track record of successful defense in a variety of criminal cases, including those related to identity deception.
Don't Face Identity Deception Charges Alone
Identity deception charges can have serious legal and personal consequences. If you or someone you know is facing such charges, do not hesitate to contact B. Hicks Law Firm. We are dedicated to providing exceptional legal defense, protecting your rights, and striving for the best possible outcome for your case.
Contact us today to schedule a consultation and get the expert legal representation you need to defend against identity deception charges in Indiana. Your future is worth protecting.