What is the normal sentence for identity fraud?

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What is the normal sentence for identity fraud?

A plea was offered of 8 months in prison was offered which was turned down. The case is now in process of going to trial. Do the plea offers usually get better or worse during pre-trials?

Asked on January 19, 2014 under Criminal Law, Ohio

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MD, Member, California Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 7 years ago | Contributor

Usually plea offers are based on the strength of the case against you, the quickness with which the prosecutor wants to dispose of this case and one more off his or her docket and the pressure to prosecute. In Ohio, identity fraud is considered a fifth degree felony and can go all the way to first degree depending on the severity of the crime and amount stolen. You need to know from your counsel what the sentencing guidelines are in your state and which degree you are being charged with and how many counts.


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