Credit card fraud, according to Wisconsin law, is a form of theft. Because it involves deceptive, unauthorized use of someone else’s credit card in an attempt to steal goods, services, or money, the penalties can include up to 10 years of imprisonment. When a person is convicted, the sentence depends on the value of the property he or she obtained through the fraud.
Credit Card Fraud Defense
For most people who are accused of this “white collar” crime, it makes sense to talk to a credit card fraud defense attorney. Your lawyer will be able to give you case-specific legal advice and develop a strategy that gets you the best possible outcome.
If you’re being investigated, or if you’ve already been charged with a crime, you need to know that there are credit card fraud defenses available. Your attorney may be able to show that you didn’t intend to commit credit card fraud, or that you didn’t know you were actually committing fraud.
Is Credit Card Fraud a Misdemeanor or Felony in Wisconsin?
Credit card fraud can be a misdemeanor or a felony. If the value of the property you allegedly obtained due to fraud is $2,500 or less, you’re looking at a Class A misdemeanor. However, if the value of the property is between $2,500 and $5,000, it’s a Class I felony. When the property’s value is between $5,000 and $10,000, the crime becomes a Class H felony, and finally, when the property exceeds $10,000, it’s a Class G felony.
Each of these crimes is punishable by time behind bars, which is why it’s so important to talk to an experienced credit card fraud defense lawyer as soon as possible.
Do You Need Credit Card Fraud Defense?
If you’ve been accused of any type of credit card fraud, whether it’s the theft of a credit card, use or possession of a lost credit card, or fraudulent use of a credit card, we may be able to help you.
Call us at 414-383-6700 for a free case review. We’ll listen to your side of the story and give you the advice you need to begin moving forward.