The theft of a credit card is punished severely in Arizona. Arizona Revised Statutes § 13-2102 provides that theft of a credit card or obtaining a credit card by fraudulent means requires:
Control of a credit card without the cardholder’s or issuer’s consent through theft or theft by extortion as described in Arizona Revised Statutes § 13-1802 and 13-1804; or
The sale, transfer, or conveyance of a credit card with the intent to defraud; or
Obtaining possession, care, custody, or control over a credit card as security for debt with the intent to defraud
Consequences to being convicted of Credit Card Theft
The theft of a credit card is punished severely and separately from the theft of any currency taken. Although there are three ways to commit this offense, a conviction on any of them will result in a Class 5 Felony. A Class 5 Felony is punishable by 0.5 to 2.5 years in prison, up to 3 years of probation, and a maximum fine of $150,000. A felony conviction such as this will always remain on your record and comes with additional consequences such as loss of civil rights, loss of right to possess a firearm, difficulties obtaining loans, licenses, work, or housing, and more.
What should you do if you are facing credit card theft charges?
If you are facing charges for Theft of a Credit Card, you face severe consequences. Don’t let your good name get ruined, your rights get trampled, and your liberty get taken. Common defenses in Theft of Credit Card cases can include consent and lack of intent to defraud. An aggressive and effective Phoenix theft attorney is key for protecting yourself from the serious consequences for Theft of a Credit Card. The attorneys at AZ Defenders have decades of combined experience in handling serious felonies and can help you by creating a defense that is specifically tailored to your individual case’s needs. Call us today at 480-456-6400 or contact us online for a free consultation. We can only help if you speak with us, and the sooner you do the sooner we can get to work on obtaining the best possible result in your case.