People facing charges for identity theft in Mississippi may want to know how the law defines identity theft, as well as the penalties. 

We understand how the law applies to charges for these crimes and have helped many clients in their criminal defense cases. 

What qualifies as identity theft? 

According to the Mississippi Penal Code, Chapter 97, there are multiple laws relating to using someone else’s identity for fraudulent purposes. 

  • Mail fraud. This includes attempting to use someone else’s identities to unlawfully gain access to sell or supply things that are transmittable by mail, phone, wire, electronics communications, etc.  
  • Identity theft. This happens when you obtain someone’s personal information with the intent of using it illegally to obtain credit, purchase items, etc.  
  • False information. Providing incorrect information to an officer regarding your identity.  
  • Fraudulent use of identity. This includes making inaccurate and false statements about your personal information to illegally obtain things of value.  

What are the penalties for identity theft? 

The penalties for identity theft vary depending on the type of crime committed. 

  • The penalty for mail fraud is up to five years in prison and up to a $10,000 fine 
  • The penalty for identity theft is up to 15 years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000. If you stole less than $250, the court may decide to reduce the fine and the jail time. 
  • The penalty for false information is a misdemeanor and is punishable by up to $5,000 in fines and a year in jail.  
  • The penalty for fraudulent use of identity is punishable by a $5,000 fine and up to five years in prison for a first-time offense. Subsequent offenses may receive fines of up to $10,000 and serve 10 years in prison. 

More information regarding this topic is available on our webpage. 

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