Identity Theft

Charged with Identity Theft in Columbia, South Carolina

If you are charged with a criminal offense, it is important to contact a Criminal Defense attorney at the Strom Law Firm as soon as possible. The defense of your rights is greatly benefitted by the guidance of a professional lawyer.
The Strom Law Firm has been working on behalf of people’s’ rights for over two decades. The Strom Law Firm, since its founding in 1996, has used its deep knowledge of the criminal justice system to fight for justice. As soon as the Strom Law Firm is brought onto a case, we begin zealously defending the rights of our clients and compiling a defense.

legal-booksSouth Carolina has many jails and detention centers, many of which are frequented by the attorneys of the Strom Law Firm.

Immediately following an arrest, a law enforcement officer may take a detainee to any one of numerous detention centers.. There are dozens of facilities across South Carolina, including the Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center in Columbia. Our attorneys have experience with nearly every venue in SC and are willing to travel to defend your rights.

Law enforcement agencies who arrest for criminal charges may come from any one of various agencies.

Any law enforcement agency may make an arrest and file criminal charges. In South Carolina, there are many law enforcement agencies that you may encounter, including SLED (South Carolina Law Enforcement Division), South Carolina Highway Patrol, county agencies, and various city/town agencies. Once any of these agencies makes an arrest, the alleged offender will be taken to one of any number of detention centers or police stations, depending on which agency is making the arrest. Our attorneys have extensive experience throughout South Carolina and Georgia, and have traveled to many of these detention centers.

A bond hearing will happen promptly following an arrest on criminal charges. Requisite time for the attorney to prepare is an essential aspect of defending you and your rights. Contacting legal representation as early as possible is the best way to give an attorney adequate time to prepare.

Accused of Financial Identity Fraud Charges in South Carolina?

A person guilty of identity theft is one who, without permission of another, and with intent to unlawfully:

  • appropriate financial resources of another for his/her or another’s own use
  • devise a scheme or trick to defraud, or
  • obtain or attempt to obtain, under false or fraudulent pretenses, records or information that is identifying that could help in accessing financial records .

According to South Carolina law, the following are classified as identifying information (Section 16-13-510 (C)):

  • social security numbers,
  • drivers license numbers,
  • checking & savings account numbers,
  • credit & debit card numbers,
  • personal identification numbers,
  • electronic identification numbers,
  • digital signatures,
  • any other personal information that could be used to obtain financial access,
  • identifying documentation used by one person that defines another (i.e. passports, birth certificates, drivers license, etc.).

Penalties for financial identity fraud charges

A person convicted of identity fraud is guilty of a felony, and fined with the discretion of the court, and imprisoned for not more than 10 years, or both.

Although not a penalty, the court may order restitution to the victim.

Financial Identity Theft Lawyers in South Carolina

Whether obtained by rummaging through the trash, hacking into a computer, looking through public records, or hacking into a credit card network, identity theft can lead to South Carolina criminal charges. If you have been accused of identity theft, we strongly recommend you hire a SC Identity Theft Lawyer at the Strom Law Firm, L.L.C. An SC identity theft conviction can lead to prison sentences and hefty fines. A South Carolina Criminal Defense Attorney at the Strom Law Firm understands what is at stake. We will aggressively fight to clear your name and your reputation. Do not wait until the verdict is in. Call a South Carolina criminal defense attorney today for a free consultation. 803.252.4800.

Being charged with a crime does not make you guilty of a crime. Through the criminal justice process, it is the burden of the prosecution to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the defendant committed the crime.

About Columbia, South Carolina

SC State HouseRichland County is the second largest county in South Carolina and is home to Columbia, which serves as state capital and county seat. Richland County is home to several important landmarks including the Fort Jackson Army Base and the Supreme Court of South Carolina.

Columbia is home to Fort Jackson, a U.S. Army Base and the largest U.S. Army installation for Basic Combat Training in the United States. Fort Jackson trains half of all U.S. Army soldiers every year, including 60% of women soldiers. An important part of the Columbia community, over 12,000 families call Fort Jackson home and over 35,000 potential soldiers are on campus throughout the year.

The University of South Carolina, the state flagship university of South Carolina, is the proud home of the Gamecocks. The UofSC educates over 32,000 students per year on its Columbia campus. The university and city of Columbia are partners, as the university produces important economic growth and Columbia is ranked as the #3 college town in the United States.

Columbia is also home to various natural landmarks. Multiple rivers, including the Broad River, Saluda River, and Wateree River each run through Columbia, which is also home to Lake Murray. Kayaking, fishing, biking, and swimming are all popular attractions at these natural locations and provide many fun activities for residents and visitors.

Columbia offers several popular bar districts, including Five Points and The Vista. Five Points, Columbia’s most famous nightlife area, is located centrally on Harden Street. Popular among University of South Carolina students, Five Points also hosts several classic eateries and boutique shops. The upscale restaurants and beautiful scenery in the Vista makes it another Columbia landmark.

There are many law enforcement agencies throughout Columbia. Magistrate, Central, and City Court all hear cases after arrest, depending on the arresting agency. In the short time after arrest, suspects may be taken to detention at the Alvin S. Glenn detention center or to a local police station. Shortly following arrest, a bond hearing is set. Having an attorney from the inception of your case is an imperative action to defend your rights.|

Our attorneys frequently have significant experience in The City of Columbia City Court, located at 811 Washington St., Columbia, SC 29201, and Central Court, located at 1701 Main St., Columbia, SC 29201. Our attorneys also frequently visit the Alvin S. Glenn detention center, located at 201 John Mark Dial Dr., Columbia, SC 29209.|

Richland County is home to numerous highways and interstates. I-20, I-26, and I-77 each run through Richland County, and two other major interstates (I-85 and I-95) run nearby through other counties in South Carolina. These roads traverse South Carolina and all of its major cities.

Contact the Strom Law Firm immediately after you are arrested.

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