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Identity Theft / Fraud

It is illegal to use any other individual’s personal information without his or her consent to obtain credit, money, goods, services, or any other thing of value. Pretending to be another person in financial transactions or certain other dealings is a criminal offense that is punishable by incarceration and fines.

Victims of alleged identity thieves seek compensation for their losses and want alleged offenders held accountable. State and local agencies in Texas will aggressively pursue harsh penalties against any person who is accused of this crime.

Dallas Identity Theft Lawyer

Are you currently under investigation for or have you been charged with stealing another person’s identity in Texas? You will want to make sure that you have skilled legal representation as soon as possible for the best chance at obtaining a favorable outcome to your case.

The Allen identity fraud attorneys at The Law Offices of Richard C. McConathy fight for clients in such areas as Mesquite, Denton, Grand Prairie, Mansfield, Frisco, North Richland Hills, Irving, University Park, Southlake, and many more communities in North Texas. Our firm thoroughly investigate these cases, and we can review your particular case as soon as you call (972) 233-5700 to set up a free consultation.

Texas Identity Fraud Information Center

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Dallas Identity Theft Charges

This criminal charge is referred to in Texas Penal Code § 32.51 as fraudulent use or possession of identifying information. This statute states that a person can be charged with this crime if he or she, with the intent to harm or defraud another, obtains, possesses, transfers, or uses any of the following items:

An alleged offender is presumed to have the intent to harm or defraud another party if he or she possesses any of the above types of identifying information of three or more other persons or deceased persons. For the purposes of this statute, identifying information my mean any of the following types of information that identifies a person, including his or her:

The criminal classification of this defense is determined by the number of items that were allegedly obtained, possessed, transferred, or used with the identifying information of another party or parties:

It is important to understand that a criminal charge may be increased to the next highest category of offense if the alleged crime was committed against an elderly individual or the alleged offender fraudulently used identifying information with the intent to not comply with required registry as a sex offender.

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Dallas Penalties for Identity Fraud

Texas Penal Code § 32.51(d) states that an alleged offender who is convicted of this crime may be ordered to make restitution to the victim and ordered to reimburse the victim for lost income or other expenses he or she incurred as a result of the offense, except for attorney's fees. Additionally, an alleged offender could also be fined up to $10,000 and/or possibly receive one the following incarceration sentences if convicted, depending on the classification of the offense and whether there were any aggravating factors:

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Identity Theft Defenses in Texas

While it can be extremely stressful and frightening to be accused of this crime, an alleged offender may still be able to prove his or her innocence in certain cases through defenses that may include, but are not limited to:

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Find an Identity Fraud Lawyer in Allen TX

If you are being investigated for or have been charged with illegally obtaining, possessing, transferring, or using the identifying information of another individual, you will want to have legal counsel who will fight to get the charges you face dramatically reduced or completely dismissed. The Law Offices of Richard C. McConathy provides this sort of aggressive legal defense for clients in Denton County, Collin County, Tarrant County, Dallas County, and surrounding areas of North Texas.

Our firm serves Arlington, Richardson, Highland Park, Hurst-Euless-Bedford, Plano, McKinney, Allen, Lewisville, Carrollton, Flower Mound, and several nearby communities. You can have our Dallas identity theft attorneys provide a complete evaluation of your case during a free legal consultation by calling (972) 233-5700 today.

Meet Our Attorneys

Brian Bolton and Richard McConathy

Years of experience in defense have merited Brian Bolton and Richard McConathy recognition as Rising Stars from Texas Monthly Magazine.

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Office Locations


Primary Location


15110 North Dallas Pkwy #400
Dallas, TX 75248

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Secondary Locations


5068 W Plano Pkwy #300
Plano, TX 75093

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5700 Granite Parkway, Suite 200
Plano, TX 75024

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1333 W McDermott Dr #200
Allen, TX 75013

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777 Main St #600
Fort Worth, TX 76102

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1308 Teasley Lane, Suite 116,
Denton, TX, 76205

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