Unlawful Possession of Personal Identification Information
Whether you are in Manhattan or Westchester County, New York penal law specifies how much and what type of personal identification information you may possess of another person without their permission or authority. Specifically, Unlawful Possession of Personal Identification is a crime punishable by up to one year in jail as a misdemeanor and up to seven years in state prison as a felony. Unlawful Possession of Personal Identification information is often charged together with other crimes such as,
- Identity Theft,
- Scheme to Defraud,
- Grand Larceny,
- Possession of a Forged Instrument, or
- Criminal Possession of Stolen Property.
Generally, a person is guilty of Unlawful Possession of Personal Identification when that person knowingly possesses certain personal identification of another such as a checking account number or cord, a debit card number or code, a computer system password, and even that person’s mother’s maiden name. While the list is more extensive than listed here, one must possess this information knowing such information is intended to be used in furtherance of the commission of certain crimes. All that is required for the misdemeanor offense is one piece of this type of personal identification. If 250 or more pieces are possessed, then the offense is an “E” Felony and if the offender supervised more than three accomplices or has been previously convicted of certain crimes, it is a “D” Felony.
If you have been accused of this crime, it is important to retain a skilled and experienced defense attorney who has real, tangible, training and hands on experience in this unique area of law. As a former prosecutor with the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office and one of the founders of the Identity Theft Unit, Jeremy Saland knows how to navigate the murky waters of this offense and related charges. In fact, on occasion, prosecutors make mistakes as to what qualifies as personal identification information because the statutes differ. Only a skilled attorney can find these errors and capitalize on them to assist you in your defense.
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