Identity theft is an exceptionally common form of theft in the modern world, and nearly every adult has experienced it at some point or another. The prosecution of identity theft and other forms of forgery varies from state to state, but many of the core principles remain the same when confronting forgery or identity theft charges.

Forgery and identity theft are very wide categories, and depending on the nature of your business, may be surprisingly close to your own business practices without you knowing it. In fact, you may unknowingly perform some type of identity theft or forgery crime occasionally or regularly without even knowing it.

Because identity theft is such an easy crime to commit, many people assume that it is not a crime that law enforcement often pursues, but for a business person, these allegations can sink your operation pretty quickly. For many business owners, the allegations of identity theft can be just as damaging as any legal consequences. The community that you rely on to support your business may flee if the allegations gain traction.

If you recently received forgery or identity theft charges, you owe it to yourself to respond quickly and fiercely. Such charges carry a difficult public stigma, and even if you beat the charges, the damage may already be done to your business.

A decisive defense is necessary to protect your career and reputation. Don’t hesitate to reach out to an experienced attorney to build a personalized defense that protects your rights and freedoms from unfair charges of forgery or identity theft in your business.

Source: FindLaw, “Forgery,” accessed Aug. 11, 2017