Credit card fraud is rampant in Florida and law enforcement is taking these cases very seriously. Those convicted of credit card fraud in Florida are often subjected to steep penalties, so understanding your legal options is crucial to your defense.
Under Florida Statute § 817.61, the crime of Fraudulent Use of Credit Cards is committed when a person:
Fraudulent Use of Credit Cards is a Third Degree Felony in Florida.
Uses a credit card with the intent to defraud a merchant;
And the credit card was:
– Unlawfully obtained;
– Known to be forged; or
– Presented under the pretense the actual credit card holder authorized the use.
And obtains money, goods, services, or anything else of value from the merchant.