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What are the different identity theft charges under New York law?

Identity theft offenses can be classified as misdemeanors or felonies. There are three different degrees of identity theft under New York law. Penalties increase depending on the severity of the charge.
 
• Identity theft in the third degree is a misdemeanor. It carries a jail sentence of up to one year and a maximum fine of $1,000.
• An identity theft charge can be elevated to the second degree based on certain factors. These include the defendant having a prior identity theft conviction in the past five years or if the financial loss or property obtained is greater than $500. This offense can result in up to four years in prison and a maximum fine of $5,000.
• Identity theft in the first degree is the most serious of all identity theft charges. It is a felony that carries up to seven years in state prison and a maximum fine of $5,000. This offense is often investigated in conjunction with other fraud crimes.
 
It is also possible for a defendant to be charged with aggravated identity theft, which carries harsher penalties. Stealing the identity of someone who is in the armed forces and deployed overseas can result in an aggravated identity theft charge.
 
No matter the type of identity theft charges you are facing, having quality legal representation is vital. Contact Brill Legal Group right away to learn how our competent criminal defense lawyers can protect your freedom.

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