Oregon lawyers defend the accused against theft charges
If a person willfully assumes the identity of another person by illegally obtaining the first person's identity in order to deceive and defraud other people, it is considered identity theft. Identity theft is punishable under Oregon law and comes with severe consequences. If the offense that the person committed was serious, it may result in charging the accused person with a felony, even if the initial offense was a misdemeanor.
The attorneys at Kohlmetz, Steen & Hanrahan, P.C., may be able to help a person who has been accused of identity theft to obtain the best legal help possible in such a case. In the event of a minor class C felony charge, the accused person may face a minimum prison sentence of 13 months if they are convicted. In the event of aggravated identity theft, however, the accused person may face a minimum of 19 months in prison as a mandatory sentence.
Identity theft may include identity forgery, illegal possession of identity, theft of credit cards or even using technology, such as a computer, for stealing the identity of another person and forging that other person's identity by using checks. Accusations of identity theft must be met with vigilance and due diligence because of the severe penalties that the person may be exposed to in the event of a conviction.
A defense against such severe allegations may be needed by the accused person. It may not be a wise idea for the person to build a defense without representation. With decades of experience under their belt, the attorneys at Kohlmetz, Steen & Hanrahan, P.C., may be able to conduct a holistic investigation to disprove any baseless allegations that have been made against the accused person.
A person may be charged with multiple misdemeanors and felonies for minor offenses, which might not even result in fraud. If that is the case, the person will need to avoid writing bad checks or mistakenly conducting Internet transactions in order to avoid being accused of additional felonies.