Allegations that you committed credit card fraud may have come about through one of these scenarios:
Whatever the particulars of your credit card fraud defense needs, you are doing the right thing by searching for an Albany criminal defense lawyer to advise and represent you.
The Law Office of James E. Tyner, PLLC handles a wide range of criminal law matters on behalf of adults and juveniles, including white collar crimes and property crimes. We defend clients in all Federal District Courts (Northern District of New York, Western District of New York, Southern District of New York and Eastern District of New York).
Our attorneys are detail-oriented, client-oriented and results-oriented. We welcome your call or e-mail. We are prepared to defend your constitutional rights and help you move on to a less troubled future after an arrest on suspicion of credit card fraud.
Note: If your case is still in the rumor and investigation stage, and you have not yet been formally charged, The Law Office of James E. Tyner, PLLC can help. Our representation can be instrumental in obtaining favorable outcomes in pre-arrest and pre-trial stages.
Although theft of services and unlawful use of a credit card are both considered class A misdemeanors in Albany and across NY, they are often associated with other, more serious crimes, including:
Larceny: The NY larceny statute proscribes the taking of property by false pretenses. This means that a person who uses someone else’s credit card to obtain goods, money, property, or services can be charged with larceny. In Albany and across the state, petit larceny is also considered a class A misdemeanor.
Grand Larceny: Petit larceny can be elevated to grand larceny when the value of the goods or property obtained with the stolen credit card exceeds $1,000. If the amount exceeds $3,000, the offender can be charged with third degree grand larceny (a class D felony) and sentenced to as many as seven years in prison.
Identity Theft: When a person uses someone else’s credit card, he or she is essentially assuming the credit card holder’s identity. Depending on the value of the goods obtained and whether any other high-level felonies were also committed, credit card theft in Albany can lead to first degree identity theft charges (a class D felony) and a term of incarceration of up to seven years in prison.
Criminal Possession of Stolen Property: Merely being in possession of a stolen credit card could lead to fourth degree criminal possession of stolen property charges. This is considered a class E felony, which is punishable by between one year and four years in state prison.
Forgery: Signing a credit card belonging to someone else could result in second degree forgery charges. This is a very serious crime, classified as a class D felony and punishable by up to seven years in state prison.