You didn’t make the best decision when you decided to take a friend’s credit card and start spending all their credit line on things you wanted. You didn’t think they’d ever figure out it was you, and you knew that they could get the fraudulent charges reversed. You really didn’t think it would come back to haunt you at all.
You might not have had a problem, but your friend mentioned that she was missing her card the last time you were together. Then, when you went to lunch, you said you’d pay and pulled out your wallet. Lo and behold, there was her card. She noticed, and you were busted.
Needless to say, you’re the one who is facing identity theft charges now, and you’ve found yourself in a frustrating predicament. It is a felony to commit credit and debt card fraud.
What should you do if you committed fraud?
Though you admit that you did commit the crime you’re accused of, it’s still intelligent to reach out to someone who is familiar with the law and the potential penalties that you could face. Felony charges usually come with a prison sentence, heavy fines and may require you to pay back what you spent. How long you go to prison or how much you pay will depend on your defense and negotiations that take place prior to trial.
If you do go to trial, the outcome is likely to be uncertain, but your attorney will work with you to fight for a fair outcome that allows you to recover from your mistake.