What will happen if I stole a credit card and used it? 51 Answers as of September 20, 2012

I am a private duty nurse. I stole a credit card out of my clients house. I used it 4 times in 4 different jurisdictions. Total charged approx $250. What will happen to me?

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Austin Legal Services, PLC
Austin Legal Services, PLC | Jared Austin
You could be charged with four counts of Fraudulent Use of a Credit Charge which is a four-year felony. You could also be charged with larceny. You need to make sure that you pay back the entire amount before any court orders you to do so. This only serves to help you. If charged, you need to retain an experienced criminal attorney as soon as possible to help navigate you through the process and prevent the least amount of damage to your life and career.
Answer Applies to: Michigan
Replied: 8/24/2011
Beaulier Law Office
Beaulier Law Office | Maury Beaulier
A theft offense can be very serious. While any theft under $500 is a misdemeanor. Such an offense is still punishable by up to 90 days in jail and a $1000 fine. The collateral consequences of a conviction can also be extremely significant and preclude a person from finding employment where background checks are performed. Often, if you have no prior offenses, a conviction can be avoided with a Stay of Prosecution. A Stay of Prosecution means that the offense is never recorded on your record and stayed for a certain period of time to ensure that you do not have another offense.
Answer Applies to: Minnesota
Replied: 8/18/2011
Cornish, Crowley, Rockafellow, & Sartz, PLLC
Cornish, Crowley, Rockafellow, & Sartz, PLLC | Jacob Peter Sartz IV
Based on the conduct you described, you could potentially be charged with a litany of offenses, ranging from misdemeanors to several types of felonies. I'd recommend you retain an attorney as soon as possible. Speaking generally, the prosecutor would determine your charges based on their investigation. Financial charges often require more comprehensive and time-consuming investigations than other matters so there may be a lag time between the timing of the alleged event and any action taken by law-enforcement. I'd recommend you retain an attorney to assist you in this matter. They may still be in the investigative stages and what you say and do will be used against you in a court of law if the charges are ever brought against you.
Answer Applies to: Michigan
Replied: 8/17/2011
Bloom Legal, LLC
Bloom Legal, LLC | Seth J. Bloom
First of all, you should not be posting information that specifically implicates you in criminal activity on the internet as no attorney-client privilege exists in this venue. You will likely be facing charges if discovered which can include: fraudulent acquisition and theft. The potential sentences for each are: Fraudulent acquisition of a credit card - Fines of up to $3,000 and jail time of up to 10 years Theft under $500 - Fines of up to $1,000 and jail time of up to 6 months
Answer Applies to: Louisiana
Replied: 8/17/2011
Frances R. Johnson
Frances R. Johnson | Frances R. Johnson
Without knowing each individual charge, cannot give you an accurate response. Whether you can expect probation, jail, fines, or possibly a deferred on all or one of the charges will depend upon the circumstances of the offenses and any criminal history, as well as how strict the DA is in the particular jurisdictions..
Answer Applies to: Colorado
Replied: 8/17/2011
    Anderson Walsh PLLC
    Anderson Walsh PLLC | STACI LYNN ANDERSON
    You can be charged with several (fraud, possession of a stolen transaction card, etc) felony charges by each jurisdiction.
    Answer Applies to: Idaho
    Replied: 9/20/2012
    Palumbo and Kosofsky
    Palumbo and Kosofsky | Michael Palumbo
    This is a felony and, if convicted of a felony, you face having your nursing license pulled. You will certainly lose your job from the agency if caught. We can represent you and likely get a misdemeanor plea bargain to at least keep your license intact.
    Answer Applies to: New York
    Replied: 8/15/2011
    Law Office of Eric Sterkenburg
    Law Office of Eric Sterkenburg | Eric Sterkenburg
    You have committed credit card fraud and theft. This could be charged as a misdemeanor or a felony. If found guilty you could go to county jail for up to one year or state prison for 18 months, two or three years.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 8/15/2011
    Andersen Law PLLC
    Andersen Law PLLC | Craig Andersen
    If you get caught, you can be charged with theft, forgery and identify theft. All of these offenses are felonies. Your actual consequences will depend on any past criminal history and the prosecutor's plea offer. You will also be required to pay restitution.
    Answer Applies to: Washington
    Replied: 8/15/2011
    Law Office of Phillip Weiser
    Law Office of Phillip Weiser | Phillip L. Weiser
    Each use of the credit card can be prosecuted individually. They could be prosecuted as either misdemeanor fraudulent use of a credit card, or possibly a felony if there was a forged signature. You could be charged with the theft of the card as well.
    Answer Applies to: Kansas
    Replied: 8/15/2011
    Law Office of Richard Williams
    Law Office of Richard Williams | Richard Williams
    August 15, 2011 You will likely be charged with four counts of fradulent use of a credit card. All of these charges will likely be felony charges. You could also be charged with theft of the credit card.
    Answer Applies to: Alabama
    Replied: 8/15/2011
    Edward  D. Dowling IV Attorney at Law
    Edward D. Dowling IV Attorney at Law | Edward D. Dowling IV
    I cannot answer correctly without further information such as are the other jurisdictions stillinNY or other states, etc. but you can be charged with different types of theft depending upon all the facts and circumstances. you should hire an attorney.
    Answer Applies to: New York
    Replied: 8/15/2011
    Freeborn Law Offices, P.S.
    Freeborn Law Offices, P.S. | Steve Freeborn
    First off, I suspect that you will loose your job, and quite possibly your nursing license. As far as charges: those could range anywhere from a felony to a gross misdemeanor. Under either classification, you could be looking at jail time. This is a very serious situation. While it sounds like you are guilty, an attorney may still be able to help you mitigate the situation. Consult with an attorney.
    Answer Applies to: Washington
    Replied: 8/15/2011
    Jules N. Fiani, Attorney at Law
    Jules N. Fiani, Attorney at Law | Jules Fiani
    You will be charged with a felony.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 8/15/2011
    Reeves Law Firm, P.C.
    Reeves Law Firm, P.C. | Roy L. Reeves
    What you describe is 4 State Jail Felonies. You can be arrested and charged and as a nurse, you are aware that this could cost you your license. Has the act been discovered? Can you make amends immediately?
    Answer Applies to: Texas
    Replied: 8/15/2011
    Law Office of Nixon Ayemi | Nixon Ayeni
    you have commited a crime that will not only affect your nursing license but also affect you life with a criminal record. You have to take a chance and talk to your client, pay back the money, and hope they don't call the authorities.
    Answer Applies to: Minnesota
    Replied: 8/15/2011
    Lewis & Dickstein, P.L.L.C.
    Lewis & Dickstein, P.L.L.C. | Loren Dickstein
    You may be charged with a felony and if you are convicted of a felony, that is not going to be very good for your chances of remaining a nurse. I cannot tell from your question if you are charged yet but you cannot hire a Michigan Criminal Defense Lawyer fast enough. View www.notafraidtowin.com for details about my firm. If you have not been charged, you may be able to stop the charges with a proactive criminal attorney intervening on your behalf. If you have been charged, a criminal attorney who really fights for you may be able to get the felony reduced to something that won't effect your career.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 8/15/2011
    Wallin & Klarich: A Law Corporation
    Wallin & Klarich: A Law Corporation | Paul Wallin
    You can be accused of a felony or a misdemeanor depending upon which offense the prosecutor decides to file against you. The problem is there likely will be bail and you will be taken into custody until you post the bail. You should immediately contact our law office so we might help you.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 8/15/2011
    Michael Breczinski
    Michael Breczinski | Michael Breczinski
    You could be found guilty of one or more felonies and lose you license to nurse. This could possibly lead to prison.You need an attorney.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 8/15/2011
    Thomas J. Tomko Attorney At law
    Thomas J. Tomko Attorney At law | Thomas J. Tomko
    Thank you for your inquiry First of all, you should not be making admissions on the Internet. This can only result in bad things happening. Second, you should immediately retain an attorney. There may be a way to even avoid charges. If not, the attorney can be instrumental in getting this taken care of, and perhaps even keeping this off your record. Being in the health care field, this may extraordinarily helpful for your job or a future job. If in Macomb Oakland or Wayne Counties, you can contact this office for an appointment. I should caution that the longer you delay addressing this, the worse it can get. So the sooner the better. I hope that this was helpful.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 8/15/2011
    The Law Office of Harry E. Hudson, Jr.
    The Law Office of Harry E. Hudson, Jr. | Harry E. Hudson, Jr.
    You should talk to an attorney. There maybe a way to address the situation and not cost you your job or license. Act quickly.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 8/15/2011
    Goolsby Law Office
    Goolsby Law Office | Richard Goolsby
    We recommend you retain a criminal defense attorney ASAP concerning your rights and options as to any financial transaction credit card fraud charges. Good luck.
    Answer Applies to: Georgia
    Replied: 8/15/2011
    Watkins Law Office
    Watkins Law Office | Bob Watkins
    The possibilities are being charged with a misdemeanor credit card fraud charge or felony forgery IF you signed the card owner's name. Because you used the card in 4 different jurisdictions there is the possibility of similar charges arising out of each jurisdiction. Assuming an eventual conviction any sentence is dependent on a number of factors. Incarceration could result if you have been convicted of similar conduct in the past. Time to consult with an attorney.
    Answer Applies to: New Hampshire
    Replied: 8/15/2011
    Law Office of Roianne H. Conner
    Law Office of Roianne H. Conner | Roianne Houlton Conner
    You can be charged with the fraudulent use of a credit card as well as theft in each of the jurisdictions in which you used the card.
    Answer Applies to: Alabama
    Replied: 8/15/2011
    Law Offices of Sean Logue
    Law Offices of Sean Logue | Sean Logue
    It depends on how you are charged. You may be charged with 4 separate misdemeanors because of the low value. However, you may be charged with 4 separate felonies because each unauthorized use of a credit card is a felony.
    Answer Applies to: Pennsylvania
    Replied: 8/14/2011
    Harden Law Offices
    Harden Law Offices | Leonard D. Harden
    It depends. You may not get caught. You could be charged with theft as a misdemeanor or even credit card fraud as a felony. If you are charged contact a lawyer ASAP Do not use the card again.
    Answer Applies to: New Hampshire
    Replied: 8/14/2011
    Law Offices of John Carney
    Law Offices of John Carney | John Carney
    You will be charged with a felony. You will either plead to a misdemeanor or go to trial on the felony. Credit card fraud is a foolish crime that invariable results in an arrest and a conviction. You may lose your nursing license. You have shown a very poor decision making process and violated the trust of your patient. You probably should not be a nurse as you cannot be trusted to take care of people. After you are convicted you will find it hard to work and all of this over only $250. I hope that this is the last time you abuse the trust of your patients. You will not go to jail, but you have destroyed your career and your reputation.
    Answer Applies to: New York
    Replied: 8/14/2011
    Connell-Savela
    Connell-Savela | Jason Savela
    Likely felony charges of identity theft and unauthorized use of financial transaction device in each jurisdiction.
    Answer Applies to: Colorado
    Replied: 8/14/2011
    Smith & John
    Smith & John | Kenneth Craig Smith, Jr.
    You can be arrested and prosecuted for "unauthorized use of an access card" which is a felony.
    Answer Applies to: Louisiana
    Replied: 8/14/2011
    Law Office of Kathryn L. Hudson
    Law Office of Kathryn L. Hudson | Kathryn L. Hudson
    Since the amount is under $500 you might he charged with misdemeanor theft. My suggestion would be to pay the money back before charges are filed as this sort of incident could prevent you from further employment in your field.
    Answer Applies to: Arkansas
    Replied: 8/14/2011
    Expert Bronx Criminal Lawyers
    Expert Bronx Criminal Lawyers | Alexander Sanchez
    You can be arrested for theft, fraud, possession of stolen property. and even burglary. Advice: Hire an attorney to help minimize the legal consequences of your actions.
    Answer Applies to: New York
    Replied: 8/14/2011
    Anderson Law Office
    Anderson Law Office | Scott L. Anderson
    You will be charged with theft or financial transaction fraud. Your status as a nurse makes your case more tricky.
    Answer Applies to: Minnesota
    Replied: 8/14/2011
    Law Office of James A Schoenberger
    Law Office of James A Schoenberger | James A Schoenberger
    Make restitution immediately and hope no charges are filed. You could be charged with ID theft and theft.
    Answer Applies to: Washington
    Replied: 8/14/2011
    Timothy J. Thill P.C.
    Timothy J. Thill P.C. | Timothy J. Thill
    You could be in a lot of trouble, for sure. You are guilty of credit card theft, which these days is extremely serious. In all probability, you will be summoned to the police station for questioning. Seriously, get an attorney as soon as you hear from the police, and take him with you when you are interviewed. This is a serious problem, do not take it lightly. The ramifications of a conviction will follow you for life, and jeopardize your licensing as a nurse.
    Answer Applies to: Illinois
    Replied: 8/14/2011
    Eric J Schurman, Attorney at Law
    Eric J Schurman, Attorney at Law | Eric James Schurman
    You can be charged with 4 counts of felony theft. You should hire an attorney right away.
    Answer Applies to: Washington
    Replied: 8/14/2011
    Law Office of Jared Altman
    Law Office of Jared Altman | Jared Altman
    You may face at least Forgery and Identity Theft.
    Answer Applies to: New York
    Replied: 8/14/2011
    Law Office of Jeff Yeh
    Law Office of Jeff Yeh | Jeff Yeh
    You could face felony identity theft. That is, unless you are either smart about it or get a lawyer now. Most people, by themselves, end up making incriminating statements and eventually get charged.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 8/14/2011
    Klisz Law Office, PLLC
    Klisz Law Office, PLLC | Timothy J. Klisz
    Be charged with any number of crimes. The amount sounds like misdemeanor. You will certainly need an attorney to try and avoid jail and a criminal record.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 8/14/2011
    Gregory Casale Attorney at Law
    Gregory Casale Attorney at Law | Gregory Casale
    If you are caught, you could be charged with Larceny by Credit Card, Larceny Under $250 (for each use), Uttering, Forgery, etc. It is unlikely that you will be charged with all of these. Probably Larceny Under $250 and Larceny by Credit Card.
    Answer Applies to: Massachusetts
    Replied: 8/14/2011
    Nelson & Lawless
    Nelson & Lawless | Terry Nelson
    Possible charges of burglary and theft[s]. You’ll learn the actual charge[s] filed against you when you appear for arraignment at your first court hearing if and when you are arrested. What can you do? Hire an attorney, unless you know how to effectively represent yourself in court against a professional prosecutor intending to convict. A little free advice: exercise the 5th Amendment right to SHUT UP and do NOT talk to anyone except an attorney about the case. That includes on this or any other web site or public forum. It also includes any communication or dealings with the employer, clients, etc. Most police and prosecutors will happily tell you that 95% of people convict themselves by trying to be 'helpful and cooperative', either during initial contact, questioning, interview or interrogation. If you haven’t yet been arrested, your attorney may be able to negotiate a civil compromise agreement with the clients and employer that will avoid you being prosecuted.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 8/14/2011
    Grant & Grant
    Grant & Grant | Richard L. Grant, Esq.
    If the client files charges with the police, the police will refer to District Attorney. The DA would file Petty Theft and possibly Credit Card Fraud Charges. All of which most likely Misdemeanors. If charged you need to consult with experienced criminal attorney who regularly practices in the court where the criminal complaint is filed.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 8/14/2011
    Gonzalez Law Associates P.C.
    Gonzalez Law Associates P.C. | Carlos Gonzalez
    You can potentially be charged with identity theft and fraud, and maybe even federally due to the multiple state issue. I'd suggest having a good attorney on speed dial, because it may be possible to lose your license or your job with such a charge.
    Answer Applies to: New York
    Replied: 8/14/2011
    John Segelbaum, P.S.
    John Segelbaum, P.S. | John Segelbaum
    You could be charged with multiple felonies. You could lose your nursing license.
    Answer Applies to: Washington
    Replied: 8/14/2011
    Law Office of Rodney Nosratabadi
    Law Office of Rodney Nosratabadi | Rodney Nosratabadi
    You could be charged with petty theft and/or felony credit card and identity theft offenses.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 8/14/2011
    Eric M. Mark, Attorney at Law
    Eric M. Mark, Attorney at Law | Eric Mark
    If the client notices and reports to the police, you could be charged with several counts of theft and fraud. The police may want to speak with you. Do not speak with them until you have spoken with a lawyer. Your nursing license could also be in jeopardy. You would be wise to retain a lawyer immediately.
    Answer Applies to: New Jersey
    Replied: 8/14/2011
    Law Office of Joe Dane
    Law Office of Joe Dane | Joe Dane
    You're potentially facing felony forgery, identity theft, credit card fraud and burglary charges, just to name a few. Time for a lawyer.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 8/13/2011
    Law Offices of Martina A. Vigil, PC
    Law Offices of Martina A. Vigil, PC | Martina A. Vigil
    Depending on the facts of your case, you could be charged with forgery, identity theft, theft, and if you were entrusted with the credit card embezzlement. All of these charges are very serious and you are subject to charges in each jurisdiction.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 8/13/2011
    Cynthia Henley, Lawyer
    Cynthia Henley, Lawyer | Cynthia Henley
    You can be charged with a state jail felony credit card abuse in four jurisidictions. In addition, you may be able to be charged in the county in which the complainant lives with burglary of a habitation - a second degree felony - because you entered with the complainant's effective consent (because the consent was obtained by fraud.)
    Answer Applies to: Texas
    Replied: 8/13/2011
    Rothstein Law PLLC
    Rothstein Law PLLC | Eric Rothstein
    You can be charged with a felony.
    Answer Applies to: New York
    Replied: 8/13/2011
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