First dates can either end in a positive or not so positive note. For one man, his first date ended on the latter note. According to the news, the man went on a dinner date with a woman, who police later confirmed charged $300 to the man's credit card for a gift card during their date. The woman apparently excused herself to go to the restroom during their dinner date to put the money onto the gift card. The next couple of days, she went back to the restaurant to use the gift card. When the man realized the woman stole from him, he reported the incident to police and she was arrested. In Denver, Arapahoe County and across Colorado, the woman would be facing charges of Identity Theft, C.R.S. 18-5-902.
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Identity Theft Definition in Douglas County, Colorado
The definition of Identity Theft in Douglas County and across Colorado is:
(1) A person commits identity theft if he or she:
(a) Knowingly uses the personal identifying information, financial identifying information, or financial device of another without permission or lawful authority with the intent to obtain cash, credit, property, services, or any other thing of value or to make a financial payment;
(b) Knowingly possesses the personal identifying information, financial identifying information, or financial device of another without permission or lawful authority, with the intent to use or to aid or permit some other person to use such information or device to obtain cash, credit, property, services, or any other thing of value or to make a financial payment;
(c) With the intent to defraud, falsely makes, completes, alters, or utters a written instrument or financial device containing any personal identifying information or financial identifying information of another;
(d) Knowingly possesses the personal identifying information or financial identifying information of another without permission or lawful authority to use in applying for or completing an application for a financial device or other extension of credit;
(e) Knowingly uses or possesses the personal identifying information of another without permission or lawful authority with the intent to obtain a government-issued document; or
(f) (Deleted by amendment, L. 2009, (SB 09-093), ch. 326, p. 1737, § 1, effective July 1, 2009.)
Financial Device Definition in Adams County in Identity Theft Cases
In Adams County and across Colorado, a “financial device” includes any instrument or device that can be used to obtain cash, credit, property, services, or any other thing of value or to make financial payments, including but not limited to:
- A credit card, banking card, debit card, electronic fund transfer card, or guaranteed check card;
- A check;
- A negotiable order of withdrawal;
- A share draft; or
- A money order.
Based on the Identity Theft statute and the above definition of a financial device, the woman the man went on a date with would face Identity Theft charges for knowingly using the man's financial device (credit card) without permission or lawful authority with the intent to obtain something of value or make a financial payment. In Colorado, Identity Theft is punishable as a class 4 felony.
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If facing accusations or charges of Identity Theft in Jefferson County, contact the top criminal defense attorneys at the O'Malley Law Office right away. Unfortunately, in many Identity Theft cases, men and women are in tough financial spots or suffering a financial loss of some kind and resort to hasty decisions that get them into trouble with the law. In other cases, people are falsely accused and need a lawyer to prove to a jury that they are innocent. Whatever the case may be, involving an experienced criminal defense attorney in your Identity Theft case is the best thing you can do. You need expert legal representation if you are going to fight any charges against you in court. Call our office today to schedule a free initial consultation and protect your future.
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