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What can being accused of identity theft in Mississippi lead to?

The stakes can be incredibly high when a person is accused of acquiring another person’s identifying information for illegal purposes.

For one, he or she could face state charges of identity theft. Here in Mississippi, these charges typically fall under the felony level. The crime of identity theft involving the obtaining of the identifying information of another person is generally a felony offense in the state. The main exception is that, if the amount stolen in relation to the offense was less than $250, a court could decide to instead deem the offense a misdemeanor.

What penalties could a person face if convicted on felony identity theft charges in the state? The prison sentence range for felony identity theft involving the acquiring of another person’s identifying information is two to 15 years here in Mississippi. Also, there can be major financial consequences related to such a conviction. For, one, restitution payments could be ordered. Also, a fine of up to $10,000 could be issued.

As a note, there are other types of charges that a person could face if the accusations against them don’t meet the definition of the formal identity theft offense in the state. This includes charges or mail fraud, false information or fraudulent use of identity.

When facing felony identity theft charges in Mississippi, a lot of different factors can impact what viable avenues a person has for fighting the charges. Skilled criminal defense attorneys can give identity theft victims guidance on what such routes they have available and how best to pursue them.

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