What is a possible outcome for an unauthorized use of credit card charge?

Amount in qusetion is $3,200. There might be few people involve in usage. All first time in trouble ever. Will restitution up front help. Only one person was arrested. Should others come forward too. Wants to avoid felony convictions and jail which will destroy his career. Is ACD or dismissal possible. Will pay full restitution. Has family to support.

Asked on June 24, 2012 under Criminal Law, New York


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Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

A credit card fraud charge with respect to the $3,200 amount that you have written about is a felony. In all states in this country, the result for a criminal felony conviction is usually time in jail in excess of six (6) months, a fine exceeding $1,000, restitution, and possibly probation in the event of an early release.

Restitution up front will assist. However, I suggest that the people involved in the matter you have written about consult with a criminal defense attorney as soon as possible. From what you have written, ACD or a dismissal seems unlikely.

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