Credit Card Fraud Attorney
Credit Card Fraud has become a crime that N.J. prosecutors take very seriously. Even cases where the overall amount of the theft is in the range of several thousand dollars are resulting in the State wanting the client to serve time in jail as part of the sentence. In many cases, there are multiple charges on several credit cards, sometimes by multiple co-defendants. Every charge, by every co-conspirator can be added together to increase the amount of theft and to make it more likely that if convicted you will get locked up at sentencing. In addition to being incarcerated, the State will want restitution for the full amount of the theft.
If you are charged with credit card theft, contact Criminal Defense Attorney Howard Bailey at 973-982-1200 for a free initial consultation to discuss how this charge can affect you.
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Howard Bailey has defended clients charged with credit card fraud in Essex County, Union County and other State Superior Courts in N.J. In a recent case, his client was charged with three different fraud cases with multiple fraudulent credit cards, each in a different county. After arguing the facts and legal issues in each County Court, Mr Bailey worked out a plea that resulted in no jail time, with a small amount of restitution and probation.
Defending a Credit Card Fraud Case
If you are arrested for fraud in New Jersey and the police ask you to give a statement, say I WANT A LAWYER. Then stop talking and wait for your criminal defense lawyer. It is important to remember that the police cannot cut a deal, and once you are arrested the cops cannot dismiss the charges, only the prosecutor can agree to a plea deal. The only thing that you do by giving a statement to the cops is to help build the case against you.
Credit Card Fraud can be as simple as using someone’s credit card without their permission, or as complex as a conspiracy involving sophisticated methods of printing and distributing fake credit cards. The fraud can be started by pulling a credit card receipt or bill from the garbage, or by using an electronic device to ‘read’ the credit card information. No matter how complex or simple the process is that starts the fraud, the penalties do not lessen because you give a statement to the police. Ask for a lawyer, and let your lawyer do the talking because anything the lawyer says cannot be used against you.
Call 973-982-1200 and speak to Howard Bailey if you are charged with a credit card crime, and have questions on what needs to be done to protect your freedom.