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Were you a victim of identity theft and you know the person who stole your identity? A legal professional can help you not only press charges against the criminal, but also fight to repair the damage that you could be facing with your credit. Unfortunately, even if this is a person you know and you don’t want to get into a legal battle with them, you may not have another choice. Identity theft can cause several financial problems, and the criminal needs to be held accountable for the stress, hassle and potential financial complications you have to deal with.
There are things you want to do immediately after you find out that your identity has been compromised, including the following:
These things can prevent further damage while you are waiting to consult with a lawyer. If someone tries to access your accounts or credit when the accounts have been held, it’s an easy way to track down the criminal.
If there is enough evidence to prove the person that stole your identity guilty, they could be facing several criminal and federal charges. The criminal could get a misdemeanor or felony charge, should expect to pay fines along with any money that was stolen, and they could do time in jail or prison.
If you want to have damages reversed that occurred to your accounts because the criminal used your credit to take out credit cards, loans or to get cash, you will have to press charges against them.
Settling or Accepting a Plea
If the criminal admits their guilt and makes a plea, or chooses to settle and pay you back the money that is owed, this could be an easy way to get the case closed quickly. Your lawyer will use their plea to clear your credit and financial problems caused from the charges, and then the criminal will face whatever charges the prosecutor or the judge decides to pursue. You may not ever have to enter a courtroom with the accused.
Once the case has been wrapped up you’ll want to enroll in an identity theft protection program to make sure you don’t become a victim to this type of crime again in the future. Being a victim of identity theft alone can be enough to bring your credit score down, even if the person who stole your identity didn’t have enough time to open accounts or steal money. As soon as you are suspicious or have proof that your identity has been stolen and someone has your personal information, contact an identity theft legal professional that can start your case.