In the state of Pennsylvania, access device fraud is a criminal offense that is defined as the unauthorized use, possession, or sale of an access device, meaning a credit card or debit card, with the intent to defraud. This can include activities such as using a stolen credit card to make purchases, creating fake credit cards, or using someone else’s credit card information without their permission.
Access device fraud is charged as a Felony and penalties for access device fraud can include a fine, probation, and/or imprisonment for up to seven years. In addition, the court may also order you to pay restitution to the victim for any financial losses that resulted from the fraud.
As criminal defense Attorneys, we understand that being charged with access device fraud can be a complex and overwhelming experience. We will work with you to understand the specific facts of your case and to develop a defense strategy that is tailored to your unique situation.
We will also explore all possible alternatives to trial, such as diversionary programs or plea negotiating, if they are available in your case. These alternatives can result in reduced charges or sentences.
It’s important to note that in some cases, access device fraud may be related to identity theft, which is another criminal offense. If you are facing charges related to identity theft, we will work with you to understand the specific facts of your case and to develop an individualized defense strategy that is tailored to your situation.
If you have been charged with access device fraud or identity theft in Pennsylvania, it is important that you contact a criminal defense lawyer as soon as possible to discuss your case and learn more about your legal options. We offer a free consultation to go over the facts of your case and answer any questions you may have. Attorney Prendergast has over 20 years of experience in Criminal Defense, his goal is to help you navigate the criminal justice system and get your charges reduced or dismissed.