Theft crimes are some of the most common criminal offenses in the United States. Common theft crimes include the theft of cash, vehicle parts, clothing, and tools. Often, theft charges are considered "crimes of dishonesty," which can have lasting consequences long after a criminal case is resolved.
Identity theft occurs when one person uses another’s identifying information for financial gain. Identifying information may include an individual’s name, date of birth, social security number, or driver’s license number.
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Utah Identity Theft Charges
Identity theft penalties include incarceration, fines, and probation. Charges for identity theft are:
- Class A Misdemeanor- If the victim’s loss is less than $1,000;
- Third-degree felony- If the victim’s loss is more than $1,000 but less than $5,000; and a
- Second-degree felony- If the victim’s loss is more than $5,000.
Multiple violations in a single offense make the charge aggravated, which carries harsher penalties.
Protection of Personal Information
Any individual that conducts business in the State of Utah must vow to protect the personal information of all customers and employees. Such protection includes implementing safety procedures that will keep sensitive information from being breached. No information shall be collected or maintained if there is not a proper procedure in place to protect it. Once the information is no longer needed, the business owner must ensure it is erased from the system, and all paper files are shredded.
Phishing Charges in Utah
Using a computer in order to obtain personal information is known as phishing. Phishing is typically done through a false website or via email. The perpetrator will send an email to a consumer claiming to be a business that requires personal information. Many people fall for the scam, and send their information without hesitation.
Another way people commit phishing crimes is when they direct consumers to false websites that require them to create an account or enter information when they make a purchase. Their personal data is then collected from there. Unlawfully, obtaining the electronic signature of another person, their payment card information, PIN number, social security number, and driver’s license details is a second-degree felony offense.
Using a fraudulent driver’s license in order to acquire services is prohibited by Utah State law. It could earn the perpetrator a third-degree felony charge and up to five years in prison. Any employee of the Driver License Bureau that provides identification to someone who does not rightfully obtain it, commits a Class A misdemeanor, punishable by a year in the county jail, and a fine of up to $2,500. A person that uses this ID in order to purchase alcohol also commits a Class A misdemeanor crime and faces the same sentence.
Lending an acquaintance a driver’s license so they can use it to receive goods or services is a Class C misdemeanor offense. The person who lent the ID to the acquaintance may spend up to 90 days in jail and be required to pay a fine of up to $750.
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Intentionally using someone else’s identity and personal information is a crime. If you or a loved one is facing criminal identity theft or phishing charges in Salt Lake City, Utah or surrounding areas contact, the attorneys of Brown, Bradshaw & Moffat, LLP at (801) 532-5297 today.
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This article was last updated on May 25, 2017.