The Orlando Criminal Defense Lawyers at the Rivas Law Firm have successfully defended many cases of credit card fraud, theft, and counterfeiting in Florida.
In some cases, we were able to get credit card fraud charges dismissed.
Counterfeit Credit Cards
Selling or using counterfeit credit cards may get you more than you bargained for, in the form of a long stretch in state prison. Under Florida Statute 817.611, trafficking in or possessing counterfeit credit cards is either a first or second-degree felony depending on the number of credit cards involved. If your case involves fewer than 50 counterfeit credit cards, you’ll be charged with a second-degree felony with a possible 15-year prison sentence. Fifty cards or more could cost you 30 years in prison.
Credit Card Theft
There are serious criminal penalties for stealing a credit card in order to sell it or go on a shopping spree. According to Florida Statute 817.60, you’re guilty Credit Card Theft and could spend a year in jail, along with probation and a $1,000 fine.
Fraudulent Use of Credit Cards
If you pay for something with a forged credit card, or you pretend that it’s your name on a card that’s actually been stolen, you can get a $1,000 fine and spend a year in jail. Under Fraudulent Use of Credit Cards Florida Statute 817.6, it’s a first-degree misdemeanor. If you get caught doing it more than a few times, or there is a lot of money involved, the penalty is much tougher; a third-degree felony punishable by up to five years in prison, five years of probation, and a $5,000 fine.
Credit Card Skimmer
You could call it swiping money; credit card skimming is one of the Fraudulent Practices covered under Florida Statute Section 817.625(1)(e). Installing one of those little electronic readers on an ATM or a gas pump to steal credit card numbers is a third-degree felony that can land you in prison for up to five years.