Driver’s License Identity Theft

Identity theft concept, shredding personal information

Once in a while, I handle cases where someone has a traffic court date but was never pulled over by the police. Despite the fact that they honestly have not committed a traffic violation, they are shocked to find that the case has their correct information (i.e. full name, address, date of birth, etc).
What has likely happened in these situations is that an officer pulled a person over to give them a ticket for a moving violation. That person has then told the police officer that they have forgotten their driver’s license at home but can provide their information orally. He/she then gives the identity of someone else and the police officer issues a ticket in the provided name. People do this for various reasons but the ultimate goal is to evade police contact.

If you find yourself in this situation, you should immediately hire a lawyer to handle your case in court. The State has the burden of proving their case beyond a reasonable doubt and this includes the identity of the defendant. The key in these types of cases is to get representation for your trial date to address the identity theft. Another important factor is to be cognizant of who has your personal information. Usually, the person stealing your identity is someone who is close to you and has access to your personal information. The best way to prevent identity theft is to vigilantly protect your information.

Driving is a privilege that is vital to our lives running smoothly. Going to work, dropping children off at daycare, going to the gym and grocery store, most of us need to drive. It is essential to monitor your driving record and points because once that privilege is taken away it can significantly disrupt your daily routine. Once in while, go to the MVA and get a copy of your driving record. Why not avoid having any unpleasant surprises by being informed!

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