False impersonation is a crime grounded in fraud and deceit. Fraud is a crime that can ruin lives and – whether we are on the receiving end of a fraudulent transaction or involved in its perpetration – we should take the matter seriously. You can be sure that Oklahoma law enforcement and courts do.
What is False Impersonation in Claremore, Oklahoma?
False impersonation is actually a complex crime as it exists in many forms in many venues. The most well-known form of false impersonation is that of falsely impersonating an officer. False impersonation is a lie coupled with a situation in which the lie takes unfair advantage of another.
In Oklahoma, some of the situations in which false impersonation is a crime are:
to marry or pretend to marry, or to sustain a marriage; or
to act as a bailor or surety for another in a court or before an authorized officer; or
to falsely sign, publish, verify or prove a written document intending that the document be used as true; or
to engage in any other act that would make the person impersonated liable in some way, monetarily or otherwise, or could benefit the person doing the impersonation. Okla. Stat. tit. 21 § 1531. For example, a man impersonating his dead brother in order to reclaim his own suspended driver’s license could be convicted of false impersonation.
The crime is chargeable as a felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison. Okla. Stat. tit. 21 § 1531.
Impersonating another to receive money or property, knowing that the money or property is intended to be delivered to the person you are impersonating is also a felony. Okla. Stat. tit. 21 § 1532.
Fraudulently Obtaining the Personal ID of Another
Likewise, false impersonation includes the willful obtaining of another’s personal identification markers such as name, social security numbers, birth date, debit or credit card numbers, and driver’s license numbers with the intent to use, sell or allow another to obtain anything of value without that person’s consent.
This is a kind of identity theft and is a felony in Oklahoma, punishable by a term of no less than one year to as many as five years. And you could be fined as much as $100,000. Merely using another’s identifying information to get any identifying document in that person’s name for any purpose is a misdemeanor punishable by as much as one year in jail. And you could be fined as much as $100,000. Okla. Stat. tit. 21 § 1533.1.
Impersonating An Officer
In Claremore, it is illegal to impersonate any sort of public officer, including law enforcement, firefighter, EMT, or any other person who has a special legal authority to perform any act that can affect the rights or interests of another. Impersonating an officer is a misdemeanor charge in Oklahoma. If convicted, you could face as many as six months in jail. And you could be fined as much as $2,000. Okla. Stat. tit. 21 § 1533. However, impersonating an officer to create some kind of sham legal process is a felony punishable by as many as two years in prison. And you could be fined as much as $5, 000 fine.
If you are facing a false impersonation charge in Claremore, you could lose your freedom and face an astronomical fines. You need the help of an experienced criminal defense attorney.
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