There is a broad definition of credit card fraud that encompass all the acts used to illegally obtain financial information for the purpose of theft. This offence is detailed under the Criminal Code as fraud, and is a form of theft. If you have been charged with credit card fraud or debit card fraud you will need a criminal defense lawyer. The penalties for credit card fraud in Saskatchewan are serious. You’ll want Regina Criminal Lawyers law working for you.
Types of Credit Card Fraud
Credit card fraud can be committed by obtaining credit cards illegally through the mail, using lost or stolen credit cards and using counterfeit credit cards. If you have been found accessing someone else’s credit card accounts, account numbers, personal identification numbers (PIN) or utilizing instruments for the purpose of carrying out fraudulent acts you will be found guilty of credit card fraud without our help.
Penalties for Credit Card Fraud in Saskatchewan?
The penalties for fraud under the Criminal Code of Canada are unforgiving. Section 380(1) states, every one who, by deceit, falsehood or other fraudulent means, defrauds the public or any person, whether ascertained or not, of any property, money or valuable security or any service:
- Is guilty of an indictable offence and liable to a term of imprisonment not exceeding 14-years, where the subject-matter of the offence exceeds five thousand dollars; or
- Is guilty of an indictable offence and is liable to imprisonment for a term up to 2-years, where the value of the subject-matter of the offence does not exceed five thousand dollars.
However, if the subject-matter of the offences exceeds one million dollars, a minimum punishment of more than 2-years is mandatory for repeat offenders.
Debit and Credit Card Fraud: Theft
The punishment for theft as directed under section 334 of the Criminal Code dictates that every one who commits theft:
- Is guilty of an indictable offence and liable to imprisonment for a term up to 10-years, where the property stolen is a testamentary instrument (i.e Will) or the value of what is stolen exceeds five thousand dollars; or
- Is guilty of an indictable offence and is liable to imprisonment for a term up to 2-years, or an offence punishable on summary conviction, where the value of what is stolen does not exceed five thousand dollars.
Get Our Criminal Lawyers in Regina to Work for You
A proficient credit card fraud lawyer is your best defense at restoring what was taken from you. However, if you have charged with credit card fraud, then you must speak with our credit card, debit card fraud lawyers at the Law Office of Regina Criminal Lawyers to determine where the charge is stemming from and allow us to protect you interests. Contact us today.