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Credit Card Crimes:

Credit Card Theft, Credit Card Forgery, Credit Card Fraud


CreditCardCrimesVirginiaBeachVirginia Beach Defense Attorney for Crimes Involving Credit Cards

In Virginia, there are three separate crimes involving credit cards: credit card theft, credit card forgery, and credit card fraud. Each charge is distinct in the elements that must be proven by the prosecutor; and an individual can be charged with multiple offenses of each charge simultaneously.

Credit Card Theft

To be convicted for credit card theft, an individual must not only have possession of a stolen credit card, but there must be proof that individual stole the card or has knowledge that the card was stolen. In addition, there must be proof that the individual intended to use the stolen credit card, or sell the credit card to someone else. Punishment for credit card theft may be up to 20 years in prison.

Credit Card Forgery

Credit card forgery is a crime alleging the use of a fake or altered credit card. The charge requires either the manufacture of or the altering of a credit card, and the use of that card to purchase some product or service. Punishment for credit card forgery may be a prison sentence of up to 10 years.

Credit Card Fraud

The charge of credit card fraud requires proof of the theft of the credit card by the individual, and then the use of that otherwise valid card to purchase a product or service. In addition, the prosecutor must prove the individual had the intent to defraud the owner of the card.

Credit card fraud can be charged as either a misdemeanor punishable by up to 12 months in jail; or it can be charged as a felony with a possible prison sentence of 5 years. A misdemeanor or felony charge depends on the value of the product or service purchased. An amount in excess of $200 is a felony.

Contact A Criminal Defense Attorney In Virginia Beach

Contact Garrett Law Group, PLC for criminal defense attorneys in Virginia Beach to handle any credit card related crimes. (757) 422-4646. Our attorneys are available to speak with you 24/7/365.