Identity Theft

A Birmingham Criminal Defense Lawyer Dedicated to the Aggressive Representation of Clients Charged with Felony Theft Crimes

Identity theft crimes are becoming increasingly common in Alabama and across the United States. In fact, in 2023 alone, more than 12,200 people in Alabama reported being the victim of identity theft. As a result, law enforcement has begun taking a hardline approach to enforcing the state’s ID theft laws. At the same time, judges are eager to make an example out of anyone convicted of this crime in hopes of discouraging others from engaging in similar conduct.

At the Stoves Law Firm, P.C., Attorney Jason Stoves has a long history of defending the rights of clients charged with serious theft crimes. As a respected identity theft defense lawyer, Attorney Stoves has a deep knowledge of these complex laws and how to effectively defend against charges of credit card fraud, loan fraud, bank fraud and other types of identity theft. Give the Stoves Law Firm, P.C. a call today to schedule a free consultation to get started on your defense.

Alabama’s Identity Theft Laws

In Alabama, identity theft is taken very seriously and is defined as the unauthorized use of another person’s personal identifying information to commit fraud or deception, typically for economic gain. Under Alabama Code § 13A-8-192, it is illegal to possess or use another’s identifying information without their consent, provided the state can prove you had the intent to defraud.

Alabama’s identity theft law covers a wide range of information including, but not limited to, someone’s name, Social Security number, date of birth, official state or government issued driver’s license or identification number, alien registration number, passport number, employer or taxpayer identification number, biometric data, electronic identification numbers, email addresses, or Internet identifiers.

Below are a few examples of situations that could result in identity theft charges:

Opening Financial Accounts

Using someone else’s personal information to open bank accounts, apply for loans, or obtain credit cards. For instance, if you take a person’s Social Security number and birthdate to apply for a credit card without their knowledge or permission.

Government Benefits Fraud

Applying for government benefits, such as unemployment or disability benefits, under another person’s identity. This typically involves using another individual’s personal information to unlawfully claim benefits you are not entitled to.

Online Impersonation

Creating or using an email or social media accounts in someone else’s name to commit fraud. This could include interacting with others online under a false identity to solicit money, gain access to confidential information, or enter a contract.

Medical Identity Theft

Obtaining prescription medication or medical treatment using someone else’s personal information, such as their insurance card, without their permission. Medical identity theft may also involve allegations of insurance fraud if a claim was submitted to an insurance company.

What Is the Punishment for an Alabama Identity Theft Conviction?

Under Alabama Code § 13A-8-192, identity theft is considered a Class B felony, which could result in a prison term of 2 to 20 years and fines of up to $30,000. The similar crime of “obstructing justice using a false identity” is a Class C felony and involves the use of another’s identifying information to avoid an arrest or to impede a criminal investigation.

Are You Facing Identity Theft Charges in Birmingham, AL?

Identity theft cases are complex, and the stakes are high, so it is essential to have an experienced criminal defense attorney by your side as early as possible. At the Stoves Law Firm, P.C., our Birmingham identity theft lawyer has decades of experience defending clients through informed and strategic negotiation and litigation. We understand the impact of having these charges hang over your head and are here to help you reach the best result possible.  To learn more, and to schedule a free consultation today, call the Stoves Law Firm, P.C. at (205) 823-7233, or you can connect with us through our secure online contact form

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