Strong Criminal Defense for Impersonation Crimes

Impersonation crimes encompass a wide range of offenses, including identity theft, fraud, and online impersonation. These crimes involve the deliberate act of assuming someone else’s identity or characteristics with the intention of deceiving others or engaging in illegal activities. The scope of impersonation crimes is vast, with perpetrators utilizing various tactics to exploit personal information, defraud individuals, or damage reputations. From fraudulent financial transactions to social media impersonation, the impact on victims can be significant, leading to financial loss, emotional distress, and harm to their reputation.

Our experienced attorneys at Richard H. Sindel, Attorneys at Law are skilled in defending individuals and organizations against the accusations and consequences of impersonation crimes. We are committed to safeguarding your rights, preserving your reputation, and providing you with the strongest defense possible.

Understanding Impersonation Crimes

Impersonation crimes encompass various types of offenses that involve the deliberate act of assuming someone else’s identity or characteristics.

Types of Impersonation Crimes

  • Identity Theft: This occurs when an individual wrongfully obtains and uses someone else’s personal information, such as their Social Security number or banking details, to commit fraud or other illegal activities.
  • Online Impersonation: This involves creating fake profiles or assuming another person’s identity on social media or other online channels to deceive or harm others.
  • False Impersonation: In Missouri, it is a crime to falsely represent oneself as a public servant or professional in order to induce another person to submit to their authority or act in reliance upon their pretended official acts.

Elements Required for Successful Prosecution

To successfully prosecute impersonation crimes, certain elements must be established, which may vary depending on the specific offense. Common elements may include proving that:

  • The accused knowingly assumed another person’s identity or characteristics without permission or lawful authority
  • There was an intent to deceive or defraud others or engage in illegal activities
  • The impersonation resulted in harm, financial loss, or damage to the victim

Potential Consequences for Individuals Convicted of Impersonation Crimes

Convictions for impersonation crimes can carry severe legal consequences, both at the federal and state levels. These consequences may include:

  • Lengthy prison sentences
  • Heavy fines
  • Criminal records
  • Damage to reputation

Relevant Laws and Regulations

  • The Identity Theft and Assumption Deterrence Act (ITADA): This federal law criminalizes identity theft and imposes penalties for those convicted of stealing and misusing someone else’s identity.
  • Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA): Enforced by the Department of Justice, this law addresses unauthorized access to computer systems and includes provisions related to online impersonation.
  • Missouri Identity Theft Law: This state law addresses identity theft offenses and provides legal remedies for victims. It defines identity theft and outlines penalties for offenders.
  • Missouri Computer Tampering Law: This law prohibits unauthorized access, use, or tampering with computer systems and may apply to cases involving online impersonation.

Secure a Skilled Criminal Defense Attorney to Navigate Charges of Criminal Impersonation

If you are facing criminal impersonation charges in Missouri and would like more information about your legal options, call us at 314-721-7113 or contact us online for a free consultation. Don’t wait- contact us today and take a proactive step towards securing your freedom and future.