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Theft Lawyers Oklahoma - Identity Theft

Many people who have lived through periods of the past romanticize about the days when everyone could leave their doors unlocked at night and did not have to concern themselves with guarding their cars and their personal property. Unfortunately, those days appear to be long gone, but the real concern for policy makers is that newfound technology has left citizens of Oklahoma vulnerable in new ways.

One of the fastest growing concerns in Oklahoma and everywhere else involves theft. Theft is a term that has grown and changed somewhat with the times, and this is especially true when one understands the possibilities and marked changes caused by the advent of the Internet. While this technology has made many aspects of life easier to handle and more efficient, it has also spurned new laws and policies.

If you or someone you love faces theft charges of any type in Oklahoma, you need to take immediate action to protect your rights and to begin to assert a strong defense, as is your right as guaranteed by the Constitution. Contact Privett Law today to schedule an initial consultation and to get this process started.

“Traditional” Theft in Oklahoma

In traditional terms, theft in Oklahoma is much the same as the legal term of larceny, which is defined as “the taking of personal property accomplished by fraud or stealth, and with intent to deprive another thereof.” As you see by the definition, theft is not a violent crime per se, as the victim of this crime is either not aware of what’s happening at the time of dealing with the alleged criminal or the victim is not even present when the theft occurs.

The Oklahoma statutes have laid out different forms of theft that they felt warranted specific codification and specific punishments to be handed out upon a conviction. A few examples of theft in Oklahoma include:

  • Theft of fixtures
  • Unlawful consumption of gas
  • Theft of livestock
  • Theft of dogs
  • Theft of motorized equipment
  • Theft of domesticated fish and game
  • Theft from a building
  • Theft of copper
  • Retail theft
  • Theft of trade secrets

These are only a few examples, and each of the offenses above can be classified as misdemeanors or felonies, with the controlling variable being the amount of value that the stolen property carries. Some of the specific theft statutes were codified in direct reaction to growing societal problems, which is a common approach used by the legislature in Oklahoma and around the United States.

The Newest Form of Theft in Oklahoma

As stated above, many statutes, including those dealing with this crime, have been enacted in reaction to a growing concern held by society in general. Perhaps no set of laws embody this reality more than the exploding problem concerning identity theft. This has always been somewhat of a problem, but became much more prevalent when the Internet became a foundational aspect of so many lives around the world.

Identity Theft Defined

It is unlawful for any person to willfully and with fraudulent intent obtain the name, address, social security number, date of birth, place of business or employment, debit, credit or account numbers, driver license number, or any other personal identifying information of another person, living or dead, with intent to use, sell, or allow any other person to use or sell such personal identifying information to obtain or attempt to obtain money, credit, goods, property, or service in the name of the other person without the consent of that person.

Taking things a step further, below is the statutory section that defines the punishment upon a conviction of identity theft:

Any person convicted of violating any provision of this section shall be guilty of identity theft. Identity theft is a felony offense punishable by imprisonment in the custody of the Department of Corrections for a term of not less than one (1) year nor more than five (5) years, or a fine not to exceed One Hundred Thousand Dollars ($100,000.00), or by both such fine and imprisonment. Restitution to the victim may be ordered in addition to any criminal penalty imposed by the court. The victim of identity theft may bring a civil action for damages against any person participating in furthering the crime or attempted crime of identity theft.

Facing Theft Charges? Our Lawyers Can Help You

As you see, theft in all forms in Oklahoma is a serious crime, and the newest concern regarding theft, which directly involves the Internet, is only going to become more prevalent as time passes. If you or someone you love faces any type of theft charge in Oklahoma, contact Privett Law today to schedule an initial consultation.