Identity Theft


Serving Bryan, College Station, and Brazos County

Doesn’t matter if the person is alive, deceased, a minor, an adult, or elderly, identity theft is a type of crime which occurs when someone unlawfully uses another person’s identifying information to obtain goods, services, or anything else of value.

The identifying information may include:

  • Name
  • Address
  • Driver license number
  • Social Security number
  • Birth date
  • Mother’s maiden name
  • Fingerprints
  • Bank account
  • Credit card
  • PIN number

At The Law Office of Shane Phelps, P.C., we are capable of handling a multitude of fraud related cases. With decades of trial experience, our Bryan criminal defense attorneys possess the comprehensive legal knowledge to provide you with a personalized defense strategy in order to put this frustrating ordeal behind you.


According to Texas Penal Code §32.51, someone who obtains, possesses, transfers, or uses a person’s identifying information without that person’s permission and with intent to defraud or harm another. In Texas, fraudulent use or possession of identifying information can result in either a state jail felony, felony of the third degree, felony of the second degree, or felony of the first degree.


The following are the penalties and sentences based on how many items were obtained, possessed, and transferred in the crime:

  • Less than five items
    • State jail felony
    • 180 days to two years in a state prison
    • Maximum fine of $10,000
  • Between five and nine items
    • Second degree felony
    • Two to 20 years in a state prison
    • Maximum fine of $10,000
  • Between ten and 49 items
    • Second degree felony
    • Two to 20 years in state prison
    • Maximum fine of $10,000
  • 50 items or more
    • First degree felony
    • Five to 99 years in state prison
    • Maximum fine of $10,000

Let Our College Station Legal Team Help

If you or a loved one is under investigation for identity theft, your name and your freedom are on the line. Our experienced white collar criminal defense attorneys know that each case presents their own unique factors, which is why each of our clients are given a personalized defense strategy.

Don’t wait to retain counsel and let us protect your rights and your reputation. Schedule a free case evaluation by calling (979) 773-7028.

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  • Case dismissed Criminal Trespass - Property
  • Motion to Adjudic dismissed. Probation completed Motion to Adjudicate on Possession of Marijuana 4oz. - 5 lbs
  • Refused Possession of False ID
  • Refused following our investigation Furnishing Alcohol to a Minor (Class A)
  • Reduced to Class C Misdemeanor Criminal Trespass to Habitation (Class A)
  • Refused Aggravated Kidnapping (1st Degree)
  • Reduced Possession of Marijuana
  • Dismissed Theft $20,000-$100,000 (3rd Degree)
  • Reduced Driving While License Suspended

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