What Is Identity Theft?
Identity theft in Missouri includes several crimes that are prosecuted as fraud. Technically, identity theft is the act of presenting oneself as another person for personal or financial gain. The victim doesn’t need to have experienced a specific injury; simply the act is a violation.
At Whiteaker & Wilson, PC d/b/a Law Office of Stuart P. Huffman, our team of attorneys represents clients from across the Springfield area in all matters of criminal defense. Our lawyers know how Missouri prosecutors build cases, and they’re dedicated to protecting our clients’ futures and freedoms. When you need legal help for an identity theft charge, our team is here to help.
There Are Many Types Of Identity Theft
Overall, the act of identity theft is a simple concept, but it takes many different forms under the law. In fact, the Missouri consumer protection bureau recognizes eight forms of identity theft, which include:
- Criminal identity theft: Using another’s name and identity in the commission of a crime
- Synthetic identity theft: Crafting a unique identity using the internet to create a false persona to conceal one’s identity while committing crimes
- Driver’s license identity theft: Using another’s driver’s license – typically, to avoid traffic tickets or to purchase alcohol
- Medical Identity theft: Using someone else’s insurance information to receive health care or other benefits
Overall, these charges range greatly from the amount of money involved to the specific challenges of the victims. However, the state is zealous in the pursuit of these crimes, and that’s when you should turn to us.
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Behind every criminal charge is a story. Your story is extremely important, and our attorneys will listen to the circumstances of your charge. They will then help you craft a strong, thorough defense against the charges against you.
Our lawyers work hard to ensure that the police and authorities respect your rights. They can help you fight these charges. Call us today to find out more about our firm at 417-413-5858 or send us an email.