Credit Card Fraud Lawyer in Chicago
Let Our Criminal Defense Attorney Protect Your Freedom
In today’s society, the most common form of payment is through credit
cards and debit cards. Whether it is purchasing groceries at the store,
products online or a new vehicle, these cards are acceptable practically
everywhere in the United States. However, correlating with the frequent
use of this payment method, fraudulent activity related to credit cards
are on the rise.
If you have been accused of credit card fraud in Illinois, our Chicago
criminal defense attorney can provide you with the aggressive and customized
defense necessary to protect your rights, reputation, and freedom. We
can conduct a thorough investigation into your case in order to develop
an effective defense strategy to obtain your desired outcome.
Credit Card Fraud Penalties
Most credit card fraud crimes in Illinois are considered felonies. Along
with severe punishments, your reputation can be permanently damaged, making
it difficult to obtain employment, and purchase a vehicle or home.
The following crimes are considered credit card fraud:
- Possession of another individual’s credit or debit card without their
consent (Class 4 felony)
- Possession of a lost credit or debit card (Class 4 felony)
- Sale or purchase of another individual’s credit or debit card without
their consent (Class 4 felony)
- Use another individual’s credit or debit car as security for a debt
(Class 4 felony)
- Create a false statement to procure a credit or debit card (Class 4 felony)
- Use of a forged, expired, counterfeited or unissued credit or debit card
(Class 3 felony if more than $300 worth of property was obtained within
- Use of credit or debit card with an intention to defraud (Class A misdemeanor
if less than $150 worth of property was obtained within six months)
A Class 4 felony is punishable by a prison term between one and three years
or three to six years, as well as a fine of up to $25,000. A Class 3 felony
is punishable by two to five years or five to ten years in prison, as
well as a $25,000 fine. A Class A misdemeanor is punishable by a maximum
one year in jail and a fine of $2,500.
Have a Former Prosecutor on Your Side
At the Law Office of Steven Fine, we won’t treat you like just another
case number. As a former prosecutor, our founding attorney has the in-depth
knowledge of state and federal laws, as well as a firm understanding from
both sides of the courtroom.
Contact our Chicago criminal defense attorney to schedule your complimentary consultation today.