Greenville Credit Card Fraud Lawyer
If you have been accused of fraud in relation to credit or debit card transactions, you may be at risk of facing years of imprisonment. Credit card fraud is an offense that may be charged as a
federal crime and is therefore very serious. A
Greenville criminal defense lawyer with the resources and experience to handle these types of charges in federal court will be your best opportunity of seeing a positive case result.
What is credit card fraud?
Credit card fraud or debit card fraud is committed when a person commits fraud in conjunction with or fraudulently uses a financial transaction card. This may be carried out in different ways:
- Fraudulently taking, using, selling, buying or forging another's credit card or debit card information.
- Using one's own card with the knowledge that there are insufficient funds to cover the transaction or that the card is expired or otherwise invalid.
- Selling goods to another person with the knowledge that the card used for the transaction is stolen, was fraudulently obtained or is otherwise being used without the authorization of the cardholder.
In North Carolina, a defendant may face criminal charges for credit card fraud under NC General Statutes Chapter 14, Article 19A "Obtaining Property or Services by False or Fraudulent Use of Credit Device or Other Means". A defendant may also face federal charges for credit card fraud under 18 USC Section 1029 "Fraud and related activity in connection with access devices".
Greenville Defense Attorney for Credit Card Fraud Charges
Federal credit card fraud charges may result in a defendant facing 15 to 20 years in prison as well as fines, depending on the actual offense and the value of property involved. It is important to discuss your options with a lawyer in order to find out how you can challenge your charges and seek to avoid a conviction and serious penalties.
Contact a Greenville credit card fraud defense attorney at our law offices for a confidential review of your case.