Understanding Individual And Business Identity Theft In Wisconsin

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Identity theft is a serious crime that has severe legal consequences. If you are convicted of individual or business identity theft, you may face jail time, fines, and other penalties.

In Wisconsin, there are several state statutes that apply to identity theft cases.

Unauthorized Use Of An Individual’s Identifying Information (Wisconsin Statute § 943.201)

Under this statute, you may be charged with identity theft if you use another person’s personal information (including name, driver’s license, social security number, credit card number, and other identifying information) without their consent to:

        Obtain credit, money, goods, services, or employment

        Avoid civil or criminal process or penalties

        Harm the individual, including their reputation, property, or estate

Violating 943.201 could result in a Class H Felony charge and up to 6 years in jail and a $10,000 fine if you are convicted.

Unauthorized Use Of A Business’s Identifying Information (Wisconsin Statute § 943.203)

This law operates in much the same way as 943.201 (above). It is unlawful to use identifying information of a business, charity, or other organization without their consent to:

        Obtain credit, money, goods, services, or employment

        Harm the organization, including its reputation, property, or estate

Business identity theft is also a class H felony charge. You may be sentenced to up to 6 years in jail and a $10,000 fine if you are convicted. The best way to avoid a conviction is to secure legal representation as soon as possible to defend against your identity theft charges.

Have You Been Accused Of Identity Theft In Wisconsin?

Identity theft is a serious crime with harsh penalties, so it’s important to have an experienced attorney on your side. Your attorney will be able to help you understand the charges against you and develop a strong defense. If you are facing identity theft charges, contact an experienced criminal defense attorney today.

 

 

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