Mississippi criminal law prohibits making false statements to obtain a credit card. Mississippi Code Section 97-19-11 makes it illegal to “directly or indirectly” makes a “false statement in writing with intent that it be relied upon with respect to his identity or that of any other person, firm or corporation.”
In Mississippi, providing false information to obtain a credit card is a misdemeanor. If convicted of this crime, a person is facing a sentence of six (6) months in jail and a fine of $1,000.00.
Mississippi limits this statute to false statements regarding identity. This law was obviously enacted in response to the related crime of identity theft. Other statements one might falsify on a credit card application, such as income, do not fall under this statute. However, lying about such other matters to obtain a credit card may be illegal under other state and federal criminal statutes.
There are defenses to the charge of making false statements to obtain credit cards in Mississippi. If you have been arrested for this crime or other fraud-related offenses, please contact Jackson, Mississippi criminal defense lawyer Curt Crowley at 601.944.1984 to discuss your case. As always, there is no cost for an initial consultation.
Posted in Aggravated Identity Theft, Credit Card Fraud, False Statements, Financial Crimes, Identity Theft, Misdemeanor Crimes, Mississippi Criminal Law, Nonviolent Crime, Theft
Tagged Bolton MS, Byram MS, Clinton MS, credit card fraud, Curt Crowley, false statements, Fraud, Hinds County, identity theft, Jackson MS, Jackson MS criminal lawyer, Mississippi Criminal Defense, Terry MS
Any criminal lawyer in Mississippi will tell you that Mississippi law generally does not require citizens to report crimes or even emergencies to the appropriate authorities. However, a very narrow exception to this rule exists when it comes to a person who accidentally starts a fire at a church or state-supported school. Pursuant to Mississippi Code Section 97-17-3(2), any person who accidentally starts a fire at a church or school is required to alert appropriate authorities, such as the fire department, to report the fire.
Failure to report a fire under these circumstances is a felony, and has a potential sentence of two (2) years to ten (10) years in prison, and restitution for any property damage as a result of the fire.
This statute does not make it a crime to accidentally start a fire (to qualify as arson in Mississippi the fire must be intentionally set). This law makes it a crime to fail to report a fire that the person accidentally started. And again, this law applies only where the building that caught fire was a state-supported school or church.
If you have been charged with a crime relating to arson in Mississippi, please contact Mississippi criminal lawyer Curt Crowley at 601.944.1984. There is no charge for an initial consultation.
Posted in Arson, Arson of a Church, Failure to Report a Crime, Failure to Report a Fire, Felony Crimes, Mississippi Criminal Defense, Mississippi Criminal Law
Tagged 97-17-3, Bolton MS, Byram MS, Clinton MS, Curt Crowley, Edwards MS, Jackson MS, Mississippi arson attorney, Mississippi Criminal Defense, Terry MS