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Georgia Identity Theft Laws

Identity theft is a crime in which the perpetrator "uses" another person's identity (most commonly the victim's Social Security number, birth date and other personally identifying information) to open fraudulent accounts. Stealing someone's identity can be achieved by digging through their trash or by more high-tech methods. Georgia identity theft laws characterize the crime as a felony, punishable by one to 10 years in prison.

The basic provisions of Georgia identity theft laws are listed in the table below. See FindLaw's Fraud and Financial Crimes section for more information about related crimes.

Code Section Ga. Code Ann. §§16-9-120 (1998) et seq.
Classification of Crime/Penalties Identity theft is a criminal offense; not less than 1 nor more than 10 years imprisonment or a fine not to exceed $100,000, or both; restitution to any victims may be ordered
Who May Prosecute Attorney General or district attorney in county where crime committed
Exemptions to Identity Theft Laws Criminal statute does not apply to those who lawfully obtain credit information for a bona fide commercial transaction or who exercise rights of a creditor in good faith
Civil Lawsuit Allowed? -
Civil Remedies Available -
Misc. -

Note: State laws are constantly changing -- contact a Georgia criminal defense attorney or conduct your own legal research to verify the state law(s) you are researching.

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