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Ways to defend yourself from identity theft accusations

Identity theft is a felony in Texas that carries plenty of jail time and fines. Accusations of such crimes can leave anyone anxious and confused as they often lead to a damaged reputation and other life-altering consequences. If wrongly accused, there are steps you can take to defend yourself.

Texas identifies identity theft broadly

Identity theft involves using someone else’s identifying information, like their Social Security number, driver’s license or credit card number, without their permission for financial gain or other dishonest purposes. The charge’s severity depends on how you allegedly used the identifying information. The minimum penalty can include six months in prison and a fine of up to $10,000.

Building your defense

There are ways to defend yourself against identity theft accusations, such as:

  • You had no intention to harm or defraud
  • You had permission to use the other person’s information
  • You do not actually possess the information
  • You are a minor (minors may receive less severe penalties)

The prosecution carries the burden of proof. The court may dismiss your case if the prosecution does not have strong evidence linking you to the crime.

Steps to take when accused

False accusations can be stressful, and there might be a logical explanation for why the accuser’s information appears connected to you. It is crucial not to admit to something you did not do, even if pressured. Clearing your name means staying calm and focused. An experienced lawyer specializing in identity theft defense can assess your case, identify the best course of action and fight for your rights.

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