Identity Theft

What is Identity Theft?

Identity Theft is covered under 720 ILCS 5/16-30. Basically Identity Theft involves using another person's identification, without their permission, to obtain goods and services.

What are the Penalties for Identity Theft?

Generally, Identity Theft for goods or services or other property not exceeding $300.00 is a Class 4 felony. A Class 4 felony is punishable by between 1 to 3 years in prison. Probation is possible. However, if the value of the goods or services or other property is:

  1. $300 to $2,000 it is a Class 3 Felony. A Class 3 felony is punishable by between 2 to 5 years in prison and probation is possible;
  2. $2,000 to $10,000 it a Class 2 Felony. A Class 2 felony is punishable by between 3 to 7 years in prison and probation is possible;
  3. $10,000 to $100,000 it is a Class 1 Felony; A Class 1 felony is punishable by between 4 to 15 years in prison and probation is possible;
  4. exceeding 100,000 it is Class X Felony. A Class X felony is punishable by a minimum of 6 years and a maximum of 30 years in prison and probation is not possible for a Class X felony.

These penalties may be enhanced if the victim was a member of the armed forces, elderly, or disabled. Further, the class of felonies may be further enhanced if you have been previously convicted of any type of Theft, Robbery, Armed Robbery, Burglary, Residential Burglary, Possession of Burglary Tools, Home Invasion, Home Repair Fraud, Aggravated Home Repair Fraud, or Financial Exploitation of an Elderly or Disabled Person. If you are charged with Identity Theft, it is important for you to hire an Identity Theft attorney that is experienced and familiar with the law in this area.

The criminal defense attorneys at Legal Defenders, your Identity Theft attorneys, have extensive experience in representing individuals charged with Identity Theft in Cook, Lake, DuPage and Kane County. The criminal defense attorneys at Legal Defenders, your Identity Theft attorneys, understand the differences between Class 1, Class 2, Class 3, Class 4 and Class X Illinois felony Identity Theft charges. In addition, The criminal defense attorneys at Legal Defenders, your Identity Theft attorneys, are familiar with the various sentencing ranges for Identity Theft and understand the complexities of the various sentencing factors. To discuss your particular Illinois Identity Theft case, call the experienced criminal defense attorneys at Legal Defenders, your Identity Theft attorneys, to discuss your particular Illinois Identity Theft case.

What is Aggravated Identity Theft?

A can be guilty of Aggravated Identity Theft when the victim of the Identity Theft crime is 60 years of age or older, a disabled person or in the Identity Theft is committed in furtherance of the activities of an organized gang.

What are the Penalties for Aggravated Identity Theft?

The various sentences for Aggravated Identity Theft depend on the value of the goods or services or other property involved. The sentences for Illinois Aggravated Identity Theft are as follows:

  1. If the value of the goods or services exceeds $300, it is a Class 3 felony. A Class 3 felony is punishable by between 2 to 5 years in prison and probation is possible;
  2. If the value of the goods or services is between $300 and $10,000, it is a Class 2 felony. A Class 2 felony is punishable by between 3 to 7 years in prison and probation is possible;
  3. if the value of the goods or services is between $10,000 and $100,000, it is a Class 1 felony. In Illinois, a Class 1 felony is punishable by 4 to 15 years in prison and probation is a possibility;
  4. If the value of the goods and services exceeds $100,000, it is a Class X felony. A Class X felony is punishable by a minimum of 6 years and a maximum of 30 years in prison and probation is not possible for a Class X felony.

These penalties may be enhanced of you have previously been convicted of an Aggravated Identity Theft. Any subsequent case is considered a Class X felony regardless of the dollar amount involved. A Class X felony is punishable by a minimum of 6 years and a maximum of 30 years in prison and probation is not available for a Class X felony. If you are charged with Identity Theft and Aggravated Identity Theft, it is critical that you hire an experienced Identity Theft attorney that has handled such cases and is very familiar with the law in this area.

The criminal defense attorneys at Legal Defenders, your Identity Theft attorneys, have extensive experience in representing individuals charged with Identity Theft and Aggravated Identity Theft in Cook, Lake, DuPage and Kane County. The criminal defense attorneys at Legal Defenders, your Identity Theft attorneys, understand the differences between Class 1, Class 2, Class 3, Class 4 and Class X Illinois felony Identity Theft and Aggravated Identity Theft. In addition, the criminal defense attorneys at Legal Defenders, your Identity Theft attorneys, are familiar with the various sentencing ranges for Identity Theft and Aggravated Identity Theft and understand the complexities of the various sentencing factors involved in such cases. To discuss your particular Illinois Identity Theft and Aggravated Identity Theft case, call the experienced criminal defense attorneys at Legal Defenders, your Identity Theft attorneys.

Why Hire The Legal Defenders for Your Identity Theft Case?

The criminal defense attorneys at the Legal Defenders will examine all aspects of your case will use their experience to win your case or get your case dismissed. In the alternative, we will use our negotiating skills to convince the court and the prosecutor to come with an effective and constructive sentencing option that gives you the best chance of avoiding jail and fines.

Are you facing Identity Theft, or Aggravated Identity Theft criminal charges in Cook, Lake, DuPage or Kane County? Give us a call. We Can Help.