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Credit Card Fraud Illinois

Credit card fraud is a white collar crime involving the wrongful possession, sale, or use of another person’s card information. In Illinois this can be charged as either a class A misdemeanor for less than $150 in charges within the last 6 months and a class 3 felony for more than $300 in charges.

At Pissetzky Law LLC, our Chicago federal crime attorneys can provide the tenacious defense you need to protect your future and reputation against these consequences. With trial-tested experience and an unshakable dedication to preserving your wellbeing, our skilled advocates have what it takes to protect your interests during this frightening time.

We believe you are innocent until proven guilty. Call (312) 883-9466 today to discover your defense options in full detail.

What Is Credit Card Fraud?

credit card fraud Illinois

Credit card fraud us a broad term which refers to the dishonest use of a credit card, debit card, or line of credit to acquire goods or services with the intention of evading payment. Identity theft is one of the most common forms of credit card fraud, though this is just one of a myriad of different acts which are prohibited under Illinois state law.

Illegal forms of credit card fraud include:

  • Knowingly providing false information to obtain a credit or debit card
  • Illegally possessing another person’s credit or debit card
  • Possessing a lost or stolen credit card
  • Using a counterfeit, expired, revoked, or unissued credit or debit card
  • Selling an illegally obtained debit or credit card
  • Defrauding anyone though the use of an electronic funds transfer system

What are the Penalties For Credit Card Fraud?

The penalties for credit card fraud will vary depending on the fair market cash value of all property illegally obtained during a six-month period. With the exception of using a counterfeited or forged credit or debit card or using a credit or debit card with the intent to defraud, all credit card fraud crimes in Illinois are classified as Class 4 felonies, carrying up to 3 years in prison, a fine of up to $25,000 for each offense, and restitution to the defrauded parties. Regardless of the specifics, any fraud charge is a serious matter and must be handled by an experienced attorney in order to be successfully defended against.

Credit Card Fraud Legal Counsel

If you are facing credit card fraud charges, the prosecution will not be on your side and will do everything within their power to secure their conviction. As such, you need an advocate on your side who can match the prosecution’s tenacity and maximize your chances of securing a desirable outcome.

At Pissetzky Law LLC, our Chicago federal crime lawyers have the vast legal resources and passion you need to ensure your best interests are guarded every step of the way. As shown by our extensive history of acquittals and dismissals, you can choose us with confidence knowing that your case is sure to be in excellent hands.

There is no time to waste – get in touch with us online today to begin building your defense.


  • Dropped All Charges after Motion USA v. Client O

    USA v. Client O - After a complex investigation into child pornography on the internet, federal agents obtained a search warrant to search O’s home and work computers. A forensic review of the devises seized revealed child pornography and O was charged with Possession and distribution of child pornography and altering a hard drive to obstructed the investigation. Mr. Pissetzky and his team used their own forensic expert to examine the computers and discovered that the Agent lied in his affidavit for the search warrants. After filing a motion to suppress the warrant, the government conceded and dropped all child pornography charges. O pled guilty to obstructing the investigation and received a sentence well below the guidelines.

  • Not Guilty Wrongfully Accused of Murder and Attempted Murder: Not Guilty
    MH had been wrongfully accused of murder and attempted murder. Mr. Pissetzky tried to explain to the State’s Attorneys that they had the wrong man, but it fell on deaf ears. Mr. Pissetzky then demanded trial , and after a week of relentless cross-examination, the jury returned a verdict of NOT GUILTY on all charges – NOT GUILTY of murder and NOT GUILTY of attempt murder – in less then two hours!!
  • Sentence Reduced Pissetzky Saves Defendant from Crack-Cocaine Drug Conspiracy and Other Drug Charges
    (USA v. SO (2010)) – In 2008, the DEA arrested SO for taking part in a large crack cocaine drug conspiracy. At the preliminary hearing, Mr. Pissetzky was able to demonstrate that SO was not involved in the overall conspiracy, and eventually SO was indicted on only two drug transactions he allegedly conducted. During plea negotiations, Mr. Pissetzky convinced the government to dismiss the actual drug charges, and SO pled guilty to a much lesser charge. SO was originally facing over 10 years in prison. At the sentencing hearing before Judge Zagel, Mr. Pissetzky convinced the Judge to sentence SO to time served (roughly 24 months).
  • Not Guilty Marijuana Trafficking Not Guilty
    People v. BR – NOT GUILTY verdict by a jury. BR was charged with Marijuana Trafficking over 1100LB. Mr. Pissetzky and another attorney tried the case to a jury. After a three day trial, the jury deliberated for less then two hours finding BR Not Guilty.
  • Not Guilty People v. GE
    Finding of Not Guilty! GE was charged with possession with intent to deliver a kilogram of heroine, a class X felony carrying a minimum of 15 years in prison. At trial, Mr. Pissetzky proved that the prosecutor did not have sufficient evidence to show that GE ever possessed the drugs.
  • Dismissed USA v. DD
    DD was charged with selling narcotics and was charged in Federal court in Chicago. Mr. Pissetzky was able to present to the prosecutor enough evidence to convince the prosecutor to dismiss all charges against DD.
  • Dismissed People v. AH
    AH was charged with possessions with intent to distribute a large amount of cocaine. Mr. Pissetzky litigation skills led to the dismissal of all charges against AH.
  • Case Dismissed Motion Granted, Case Dismissed
    People v. RMC – Chicago police officers received information that a 2 kilo cocaine deal was going to happen in a garage. They set up surveillance and saw RMC pull into the garage in car. When he walked out of the garage, the Chicago police officers arrested him. While the officers searched the garage and car, they found 2 kilos of cocaine in the car. Mr. Pissetzky and another attorney filed a Motion to Suppress the Arrest and Quash the evidence. After a highly contested hearing, the judge held that the Chicago Police officers violated RMC’s Constitutional rights under the 4th Amendment, and Granted the Motion. The prosecutor had no choice but to dismiss all charges against RMC.
  • Case Dimissed Motion to Suppress Heroin Granted
    People v. AP – After Chicago Police officers walked up to AP after he parked his car, they searched him and the car and found about 1/2 a kilo of Heroin. AP was arrested and charged with a Class X felony. Mr. Pissetzky and Mr. De Leon filed a Motion to Suppress Heroin and Quash AP’s arrest. During the hearing, Mr. Pissetzky proved to the judge that the officers lied and that they violated AP’s Fourth Amendment Rights. The judge granted the motion and the State’s Attorney had no choice but to dismiss the case.
  • Case Dismissed Motion Granted Case Dismissed
    People v. RW – RW was charged with a Class X Felony of Possession with Intent to Deliver Marijuana. Chicago Police Officers stopped RW after they saw him place 2 large UPS boxes in the trunk of his car. The officers believed that the boxes contained marijuana. After the stop, the officers searched the car and recovered the boxes. The boxes in fact contained a large amount of marijuana. Mr. Gal Pissetzky, along with co-counsel, filed a Motion to Quash Arrest and Suppress Evidence claiming that RW was illegally stopped and searched. During the hearing, Mr. Pissetzky cross examined the Chicago Police officers and proved to the judge that the officers acted illegally and violated RW’s Constitutional Rights under the Fourth Amendment. The judge granted the Motion and all charges against RW were dismissed.


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