Identity Theft Laws in Nevada – The Defenders
During the pandemic we have heard on the news of many cases where people were using false ID of deceased people to gain access to the federal unemployment and getting caught after receiving the money under the fraudulent name.
Even though these were sensationalized cases over the time when we were all home, identity theft has been around since we started using ID’s.
Now computers have turned identity theft into an everyday occurrence.
Computers have also made it possible for a hacker to gain access to many people’s personal information at one time from across the globe.
We have all seen big corporations being hacked for personal information and then that information is used to obtain credit, goods, or services illegally.
Identity theft is a crime no matter how the information is obtained.
Even if you just have another person’s ID on you it can be considered a crime.
Being charged with identity theft is no longer considered a white collar crime, and based on the amount of people who are victims the court system has begun to impose severe sentences when it comes to cyber crimes including identity theft.
If you have been charged with identity theft you must contact a defense attorney before speaking with the police.
Identity theft cases are complex and hard to prove, but also just as hard to build a defense.
Contact The Defenders immediately before speaking with anyone else.
What Exactly is Identity Theft in Nevada
Most people have heard the saying that the laws need to catch up to technology, and in most cases that is a true statement.
In Nevada however the identity theft laws have caught up to the technology and the crimes.
NRS205.463 states that it is illegal to obtain personal information of another person with the intent to commit an unlawful act or use the information to:
- Obtain credit, goods, services, or anything else of value
- Harm that person by using the personal information
- Impersonate that person to obtain access to any personal identifying information
- Obtain access to private transactions without his or her consent.
Gaining anothers personal information can include many items including:
- Social Security card or number
- Driver license or number
- Bank account numbers including, debit cards, credit cards, saving accounts, checking accounts, any other financial services numbers
- Government passport number
- Biometric data
- Electronic signatures
- Personal PIN numbers
These are all examples of someone else’s personal information and obtaining it or having it for anything other than legal reasons is considered identity theft.
Identity theft in Nevada is considered a class B Felony and punishable by up to 20 years in prison and up to a $100,000 fine.
You would also be made to pay restitution for any financial gain gained through the identity theft.
If you have committed another crime and were caught using someone else’s ID to avoid being caught or prosecuted for that crime, you are guilty of a category C felony and maybe punished by up to 5 years in prison and a $10,000 fine in addition to the other charges against you.
Nevada has definitely caught up with the technology when it comes to the crime of identity theft and in Nevada the sentence could be extreme.
So if you have been charged with identity theft call The Defenders today for a free case review.
Identity Theft in Nevada
Identity theft is a crime in all places but it is especially common in Nevada.
Many people create and sell or possess fake ID in order to sell to minors or people without ID so they can gamble in casinos, enter aged restricted clubs, to buy alcohol or cigarettes under age.
But the most common one is selling a fake ID or stolen ID to a minor so they can gamble in a casino where the gambling age is 21.
We all remember Vegas Vacation where Rusty Griswold becomes Nick Papagorgio from Yuma Az and wins a car playing slots with his fake ID he bought.
That movie may have made fun of selling and getting a fake ID, but it’s no fun to be the person accused of selling it to a minor and facing felony charges.
If you think you’re going to be charged with identity theft call The Defenders today.
You have rights before you speak with anyone.
Defenses Against Identity Theft Charges
The Defenders will mount a defense for you regardless of the charges.
Sometimes there are legitimate reasons or defenses with identity theft and these defenses can reduce or even have the charges dropped.
- Falsely accused- people are accused of crimes all the time that they didn’t commit. Maybe an ex is accusing you to get back at you over a bad break up.
- You have the legal right to have others ID- for example you have power of attorney over an elderly family member. As long as you are acting in that person’s best interest and not using their information for your gain you have the right to have their personal information.
- Wrong person- most identity theft is committed via computer these days and you may share a computer in a home or office. Maybe you have roommates or work in a space where computers are shared. Just because you live or work where a computer was used to obtain personal information doesn’t mean it was you that did it.
- No Intent- maybe you found someone’s wallet on the street, I have a few times in my neighborhood and you get pulled over by the police with your ID and the other person’s wallet. You had no intent to use the information, only to return it to the owner via mail or another way.
Since most identity theft cases these days also involve a cyber crime as well, defending these cases can be difficult and an electronic trail can be your best defense.
You need a defense team with cyber experts like The Defenders, so call today if you have been charged with identity theft.
Why Call The Defenders
Remember, before anything else you have the right to an attorney regardless of the charges against you.
The same applies if you have been suspected of identity theft.
You also have the right to an attorney when you are being questioned and the sooner you ask for one the better the outcome.
If you can’t call us right away say nothing, stay silent until you can call The Defenders.
If you have been arrested and are charged with a crime you need an attorney that knows the Nevada legal system inside and out.
Having a felony conviction on your record can follow you for the rest of your life, hindering your ability to get jobs, buy or rent housing, get credit or credit cards and can hinder your ability to move from Nevada or visit other places.
You need a defense team that will fight for you from the start to avoid a felony conviction.
We offer a free case evaluation and review.
We can work with the Clark County Jail on a bond or bail hearing if you have already been arrested or a loved one is currently in the Clark County Jail.
Our lawyers have defended all types of crimes from DUI , idenity theft, murder, and drug crimes in Nevada.