Identity Theft

Identity theft is a form of fraud in which someone uses someone else's Social Security number or personal data to obtain a credit card, mortgage, a benefit check or another type of economic gain. The Identity Theft and Assumption Deterrence Act (ITADA) is the federal law that details the specifics of this crime, but because the Act is complex, prosecutors do not always frame the charges properly. It can be misinterpreted.

Does the prosecution's case hold together? Or have they tried to charge you beyond what they can prove?

Some people who find themselves charged with identity theft never had any intention of committing a crime. They may have thought they were helping a family member or a friend in difficulty.

Were there extenuating circumstances that caused you to take the actions you did?

If you are facing criminal charges in north Florida, South Georgia, or Alabama for identity theft or fraudulent misrepresentation of your identity, contact the Jacksonville law office of Charles L. Truncale, P.A.

As a former federal prosecutor with years of experience investigating and prosecuting complex financial crimes, Mr. Truncale understands how these cases are investigated and prosecuted - and where prosecutors can go wrong. He is well positioned to represent clients facing criminal charges for identity theft, computer crimes, or fraud crimes relating to misrepresentation, such as:

  • Writing checks on another's account
  • Unemployment fraud, welfare fraud, credit card fraud
  • Obtaining prescription drugs under a false identity
  • Forgery
  • Possessing false documents

An Early Defense is Often Your Best Defense

Like other white collar crimes, law enforcement may have been investigating you for months before an arrest and charges. If you believe you are under investigation, you can talk with a lawyer. If you've been charged, call immediately. Often, having an attorney negotiating with the prosecutor early on can result in lesser or no charges.

Do not talk with the police yourself. Always have your attorney speak for you. It is far too easy to be tricked into saying things that are not in your interest and incriminate yourself.

Contact Charles L. Truncale, P.A., of for skillful defense in Florida, Georgia, or Alabama criminal cases for identity theft or other fraud charges. Call (904) 355-3885 for a free initial consultation.