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Fredericksburg Credit Card Fraud Penalties

Fredericksburg credit card fraud penalties can be harsh. Not only are there penalties for a fraud charge, there can also be an aggravation that ties to the value of the item. If the value of the item is $200 or more, then it is charged as a Class 6 felony with up to five years in jail and up to $2,500 in fines. Try to avoid these charges by contacting an experienced attorney today.

Potential Credit Card Fraud Penalties

If the value of the item is $200 or less, then a person will see a Class 1 misdemeanor punishment, which is up to 12 months in jail and then a fine of $2,500. This is a scenario in which there is an aggravation based on the value of the item, which is similar to larceny charges. It is the same value, $200 or more, which puts a person at grand larceny. $200 or less puts them in the misdemeanor realm.

This is how a Fredericksburg credit card fraud penalty is assessed. However, there is always a chance to have some of that jail time suspended. There are different ways that this could happen. The jail time would be different in the case of a felony versus a misdemeanor. In some cases, a person can serve 80% of their sentence if it a felony and they can serve 50% of their sentence if it is a misdemeanor.

Felony Classification

Credit card fraud is a Class 6 felony, which means that each count of credit card fraud may be punishable by one to five years in prison or in the court’s discretion. It can also be in the fact-finder’s discretion up to 12 months in jail and/or a fine. Felony charges for credit card fraud can add up quickly in Fredericksburg. Felony credit card fraud can occur when one transaction exceeds $200 or when an aggregate number of transactions over a period of six months exceed $200. If someone is alleged to have used the credit card to make large purchases they can have multiple counts of credit card fraud, that would escalate quickly.

Paying Restitution

There will be charges on the person’s credit, fake charges or unauthorized charges to pay, and they may have to pay that back to the bank. Most likely, the bank would refund individuals because the charges were fake, but there would be payments of restitution back to the bank for whatever charge was unauthorized.

There is another aggravating factor if a person sells the credit card information that they scanned. That is a Class 6 felony. If a person also used the information in the commission of another crime, that is also aggravated as a Class 6 felony.

That would happen in a scenario in which a person scans the credit card information, but they use it to identify another person in order to later assault them or something similar to that. That charge is aggravated as a Class 6 felony. There are two kinds of aggravation in skimming. The first is if a person sells the information that they are scanning illegally, and the second is if they use that information to commit another crime. If you have any questions or concerns about Fredericksburg credit card fraud penalties, contact an attorney.

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