Accused of Identity Theft in Detroit, MI?
As the use of electronic platforms has grown, so have the cases of identity theft. In 2005 the Michigan state legislature passed a number of laws focusing on combatting the crime of identity theft. The identity theft protection act criminalizes the use or attempted use of personal, identifying information that belongs to another person. It is against the law to use that information to commit any unlawful act. Such acts include using another person’s credit, goods, money, services, property, confidential phone or medical records or any other vital records as well as employment information for purposes of fraud.
Phishing or impersonating a business through digital means to get a customer’s personal information is another form of identity theft. Sending out correspondences from a company without their approval or authority and using them to acquire a person’s identifying information with the intent to use that information for unlawful purposes is a crime. Creating or operating an unauthorized website which represents itself as belonging to or that is associated with an establishment to which it doesn’t belong and that solicits a person’s information, falls under identity theft. It is also identity theft to modify someone’s computer device to display a message from a business which said business didn’t authorize and using the information acquired in such a manner for unlawful purposes.
An identity theft attorney has numerous defenses that are specific to this type of crime as well as the standard defenses. In many cases, a lawyer may be able to provide a feasible and lawful explanation for such acts or deny that you acted with criminal intent. Another person’s identification information could have been used to procure a gift for that said person. You could have been acting in a lawful pursuit or enforcement of the supposed victim’s rights; these may include an investigation of a crime or an audit, for purposes of a collection or transfer of debt, child or spousal support obligation, a claim, a tax liability or any number of other legal reasons. Your acts may have been authorized or even required by law, regulation, rule or a court order. You acted with the plaintiff’s consent; this could be a defense unless the person had knowledge that their information would be used for illegal purposes.
The identity theft attorneys at Legalquest Network Team provide legal assistance in the cities of Detroit, Dearborn, Southfield, Ann Arbor, Lansing, Grand Rapids, and Sterling Heights.