Houston Identity Theft Defense Lawyer
We live in the digital age. Our credit card and debit card information, along with other identifying information, lives on the internet and in a variety of computers, mobile phones, tablets and other devices. While this provides significant convenience, it also exposes data to outside individuals via data breaches and device thefts.
Due to recent notable occurrences of identity theft — such as when more than 100 million people had their credit card information stolen during the infamous data breaches that affected popular retail stores in the Houston area and across the country during the 2013 holiday season — the government has increased its efforts to prosecute those who allegedly commit identity theft.
Proven Defense Representation From An Experienced Attorney
I’m R. Todd Bennett, an attorney who is board certified in criminal law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. I understand that the government’s increased prosecutorial efforts can often ensnare individuals who are not criminal masterminds and have not purposefully stolen the identity of others. I draw on my more than 25 years of legal experience and the insight I gained while serving as a Harris County prosecutor to protect the rights of clients in Houston and throughout Texas accused of identity theft, other theft crimes and all forms of white collar crimes.
More About Identity Theft
When you come to my office to discuss your case, I will provide you with all the information you need to make sound decisions about your situation. This includes a discussion of all relevant topics that may affect your case, such as:
You are presumed innocent: The burden is on the prosecutor to prove that you knowingly and willfully participated in identity theft.
What is the evidence: Prosecutors must present actual evidence and defend that evidence’s accuracy. I have the well-honed skills necessary to dispute this evidence and, in certain instances, have it thrown out.
Type of identity theft involved: Criminal charges can stem not only from traditional identity theft (assuming another person’s identity to obtain money or goods), but also from the use of another person’s identity to obtain medical services, the use of a child’s identity or Social Security number and many other forms of identity theft.
Even the mere act of obtaining information or receiving stolen IDs is a crime, even if no fraud or theft or financial crime is committed. As such, it is vital to contact an attorney as soon as you believe you are the target of an investigation or have been formally charged.
Free Attorney Consultation
To meet directly with me, Houston identity theft defense attorney R. Todd Bennett, call my office at 713-489-7763 or contact me through my online form. During our consultation, you will speak directly with me so that you can rest assured that all your questions have been answered by a seasoned trial lawyer.