Credit card fraud is an area of the law that is fast evolving. Lawtons Solicitors has specialist defence lawyers, who stay ahead of all new developments to ensure we deliver the very best service to our clients.
Credit card fraud is rarely a straightforward criminal case. It is important you seek legal advice if you find yourself accused of such an offence so that you clearly understand what is expected of you through each stage of the process.
Lawtons Solicitors can offer a complete service if you are being investigated or prosecuted for a credit card or fraud related offence to make sure that your case is heard fairly, and all the evidence is gathered and collated in a professional manner to achieve the best possible outcome.
Credit Card Fraud & The Law
With increasing levels of sophistication and preference for Internet shopping, credit card fraud is one of many crimes on the rise, and taken very seriously by police and the courts to act as a deterrent to others.
Credit card fraud itself can take many different forms and ranges from a single duplicated or stolen card through to far more advanced, organised operations where cards or card details are illegally obtained and processed.
Other forms of credit card fraud include:
- Internet fraud: false merchant sites that have been set up with the sole objective being to encourage people to process their credit card details and security code without any intention of sending any goods or services
- Skimming: a card can be duplicated using a PIN Entry Device (PED) to literally ‘skim’ off the information held on the magnetic strip of a card
In any case, it must be proven that an individual is linked to the credit card fraud beyond all reasonable doubt. Any evidence collected must be shown to have been collected properly, admissible and assigned to the correct person.
Hearings will usually take place at a Magistrates’ Court for smaller cases or referred to the Crown Court where more complicated criminal activity is cited. Sentences can range from small fines to many years’ imprisonment, depending on the severity of the case.
Accused of Credit Card Fraud?
You need expert legal advice from the outset to ensure that your case is properly defended. If you were convicted, substantial sentences can be given for this crime and are often used as a deterrent. You also risk a potentially more severe sentence if you do not pursue legal representation early on in the proceedings as your case can be damaged by delay or poor advice or representation.
Lawtons Solicitors’ specialist team of lawyers is available to ensure your case is represented professionally and fairly. Our track record in this area of law is testimony to the fact that we strive for the very best outcome for our clients each and every time.
For more information on legal proceedings surrounding credit card fraud, or to discuss an individual case in complete confidence, please call 0333 202 0972 or email email@example.com