Credit Card fraud is a theft offense. It is the unlawful, use, possession, or sale of a credit card, debit card, or gift card (also called financial transaction devices) with the intent to fraudulently obtain money, refunds, credit, services or goods. Simply being in possession of an account number belonging to someone else and having the intention of unlawfully using it will result in a Credit Card Fraud charge against you.
Credit Card Fraud Charge
Michigan has several crimes that fall under Credit Card Fraud, the most common crime being the actual stealing of a credit card or debit card from its owner. In order to prove this crime, the prosecutor will have to prove: (1) You intentionally stole or removed the card from its true owner; or (2) You intentionally used a transaction device of another without permission to do so.
Additional crimes that fall under Credit Card Fraud include: possession of an altered transaction device; unlawful receipt of a transaction device with the intent to sell it; and, the materially altering or forging a transaction device.
Credit Card Fraud Penalties
Credit Card Fraud is a felony that can result in large fines as well as a prison term of up to 4 years. Your prison term can be increased if you have multiple fraud offenses or have past criminal acts on your record.
For this reason, you should contact the Law Office of Barton W. Morris, Jr., for an immediate consultation to find out more about your Credit Card Fraud case. Barton W. Morris, Jr., is dedicated to researching and understanding the subtle nuances of a Fraud charge and takes an aggressive approach in pursuing each and every case.
If you have been charged with Credit Card Fraud in the Oakland, Wayne or Macomb County communities of Royal Oak, Bloomfield Hills, Detroit, Warren, Troy or any surrounding area and want the best legal representation, call Michigan Criminal Attorney Barton Morris at (248) 541-2600. Attorney Barton W. Morris, Jr., was recently voted Top Attorney in Metro Detroit for 2012 and 2013. Having conducted multiple dozens of jury trials gives Attorney Barton Morris, Jr., the experience necessary to effectively handle every criminal matter and persuade any jury that the prosecution cannot and has not proven their case.