Morristown NJ Credit Card Fraud Lawyer
Criminal trial attorneys represent clients charged with theft by deception, aggravated assault, and cocaine distribution throughout Morris County including in Parsippany, Morristown, Chester, and Denville. Contact our experienced criminal defense lawyers for immediate assistance at (973)971-0030. The initial consultation is always provided free of charge.
Credit Card Fraud: N.J.S. 2C:21-6(h)
Credit card fraud charges in New Jersey are governed by N.J.S. 2C:21-6(h) which provides:
h. Fraudulent use of credit cards.
A person who knowingly uses any counterfeit, fictitious, altered, forged, lost, stolen or fraudulently obtained credit card to obtain money, goods or services, or anything else of value; or who, with unlawful or fraudulent intent, furnishes, acquires, or uses any actual or fictitious credit card, whether alone or together with names of credit cardholders, or other information pertaining to a credit card account in any form, is guilty of a crime of the third degree.
Penalties for Credit Card Fraud in New Jersey
As the above statute enumerates, credit card fraud in New Jersey is a third degree crime. Third degree charges include between three (3) to five (5) years in state prison if convicted. Unlike second degree or first degree crimes, third degree offenses do not have a presumption of incarceration. This means that, depending on your criminal history, a probationary sentence is possible. Moreover, if you have no prior criminal history, you are eligible for the Pre-Trial Intervention program if charged with a third degree credit card fraud offense.
These charges are also typically accompanied by theft by deception charges. The theft charges are graded depending on the amount of the theft involved. For example, if the alleged credit card fraud is in an amount totalling $1,000.00, you will be facing a third degree credit card fraud and a third degree theft by deception charge.
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