Everything you need to know about Fraudulent Use of Credit Card Charges
According to Florida Statutes Section 817.61, Florida Law describes fraudulent use of credit card charges as:
- An individual uses a credit card intending to defraud a merchant;
- The credit card was obtained unlawfully, known to be forged, or presented to the merchant under the pretense that the owner of the credit card authorized its use; or
- The individual obtains goods, money, services, or anything else of value from the merchant.
Fraudulent use of credit card is a serious criminal offense that can impact you heavily. If you are being charged contact our experienced legal team for a free consultation. The lawyers at Skubiak & Rivas P.A. will walk you through a plan of attack for your case.
Fradulaten credit card use is different from other criminal charges in that you have aggregate prosecution. Within a six-month period all uses of a fraudulent credit card are aggregated into one charge. For example, if you purchase two items with a fraudulent credit card, you are only going to be charged once. The amount of times you used a fraudulent credit card does matter in terms of penalties. The value of fraudulent purchases also matters when it comes to penalties.
Misdemeanor fraudulent credit card use is when you either have 2 or less fraudulent credit card purchases or the value of the purchase is less than $100. In this case you face up to 1 year in jail, 1 year of probation and a $1000 fine. Felony fraudulent credit charge use is when you have more than 2 fraudulent credit card charges or purchases in excess of $100. In this case you face up to 5 years in jail, 5 years of probation and a fine of $5000.
Do not let yourself face these charges alone. Our criminal legal team will use our vast experience and legal knowledge to create a case to fight on your behalf.