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What is Aggravated Identity Theft?

What is Aggravated Identity Theft?

When people think of aggravated offenses, they often think of crimes that cause serious physical harm to someone or involve a weapon. Identity theft, however, is not a violent crime. Let’s discuss what exactly aggravated identity theft is and the potential penalties.

Identity Theft

Standard identity theft occurs when an individual steals another person’s identity.
This may be done by:

  • Stealing identification cards
  • Stealing credit card or bank information
  • Stealing mail
  • Phishing schemes
  • Through the use of public Wi-Fi networks

Once this is done, the offender may use the stolen identity to open credit cards or take out loans.

Identity theft is a serious offense, which is punishable by jail or prison time, fines, and additional consequences.

Aggravated Identity Theft

Aggravated identity theft occurs when an individual steals someone’s identity, then uses that identity to commit another crime. For example, using someone else’s identity to commit healthcare fraud. Aggravated identity theft is typically a federal offense.

Aggravated identity theft comes with a mandatory two-year jail sentence, or five years if the subsequent crime was terrorism-related. The individual will also face penalties for the subsequent crime.

The First Step Act

This act provides potential early release for aggravated identity theft offenders. For every 30 days of “successful participation,” the offender may have 10 to 15 days removed from their sentence. However, if the offense committed after identity theft was a violent crime, this opportunity is unavailable.

If You’re Facing Identity Theft Charges

If you are facing standard or aggravated identity theft charges, it is important to contact a defense attorney as soon as possible. Federal agents have countless resources for investigating and prosecuting these crimes. At Stein Law, LLC, we can help defend you against these charges. Get started with a free consultation; click here.


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