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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 & Berliner, 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.

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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

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 & Berliner, 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.


    People v. IP (2014) Mr. IP was arrested for possession of a large amount of a controlled substance after Chicago police executed a search warrant. Arguing that the information in the search warrant was fabricated, Mr. Pissetzky filed a Motion to Produce Informant. Against the odds, the judge granted the motion and ordered the State to produce the informant. When the State failed to do so, the judge dismissed the case.
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    USA v. DA – 2011 – Mr. DA was charged in one the biggest Heroin busts in Chicago. DA was facing a mandatory life sentence under the Federal Rules because he was a repeat offender. After long negotiations, Mr. Pissetzky was able to demonstrate that DA was not part of the conspiracy and convinced the judge to sentence DA to only 37 months. All other charges were dropped.
  • 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.
  • Not Guilty Not Guilty: possession of cocaine with the intent to deliver
    People v. JB – 2011 – Mr. JB was charged with 3 other co-defendants with possession of cocaine with the intent to deliver. Although the State’s attorney made a very low offer for a plea, Mr. Pissetzky advised JB to proceed to trail. During a bench trial, Mr. Pissetzky proved to the judge that JB did not have any knowledge of the drugs that were recovered from the car of the co-defendant. Although the police testified that they saw the drug transaction, Mr. Pissetzky convinced the judge that the state did not prove its case beyond a reasonable doubt. The judge found JB NOT GUILTY on all charges.
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    AB was charged with child pornography, criminal sexual abuse and criminal sexual assault. Although the State made several offers on the case, Mr.Pissetzky and another attorney demanded trial. At trial, Mr. Pissetzky cross-examined the State’s witnesses and proved that AB did not know that the victim was under 18 years of age. After listening to the evidence, the judge found AB NOT GUILTY on all counts.
  • 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.
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    People v. AMM - Mr. AMM was charged with trafficking over 100lb of marijuana. Officers can to a home he was renting and after entering and searching the home, they seized over 100lb of marijuana. Mr. Pissetzky filed a motion to suppress evidence arguing that the officers entered the home without a warrant or consent. After a hearing in which Mr. Pissetzky impeached the testifying officer and exposed his lies, the Judge granted the motion and the case was dismissed.

  • Case Dismissed People v. ARP
    ARP was charged with a Class X felony of Possession with Intent to Distribute cocaine . After careful review of the police reports, Mr. Pissetzky filed a motion to quash and suppress evidence. At the hearing, Mr. Pissetzky proved to the judge that that the Cook County Sheriff that stopped ARP search ARP’s car illegally. The judge Granted the motion to quash and suppress and the case against ARP was Dismissed.
  • Not Guilty People v. FR
    FR was charged with predatory criminal assault, and 4 counts of aggravated criminal sexual assault. During a week long jury trial, Mr. Pissetzky exposed the alleged minor “victim” as a liar. In addition, Mr. Pissetzky call witnesses to testify to the true nature of the “victim”. After grueling cross-examinations, the jury returned a verdict of Not Guilty on all charges.
  • Not Guilty People v. H
    People v. H- H was charged with the first degree murder of 3 people. The prosecutor had two witnesses that claimed they were with H when he committed the murders. After receiving the discovery from the prosecutor, Mr. Pissetzky and his team conducted their own investigation and uncovered that someone else committed the murders. At trial, Mr. Pissetzky cross examined the prosecutions witnesses and exposed their lies. After the prosecution rested their case, Mr. Pissetzky moved the court to dismiss all charges and find H not guilty. The Judge agreed with Mr. Pissetzky and found H Not Guilty of all charges dismissing the case.


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