Contact Meyer Van Severen, S.C. regarding your “unauthorized use of an individual’s personal identifying information or documents” charge.

The criminal defense attorneys at Meyer Van Severen have defended “unauthorized use of an individual’s personal identifying information or documents” charges.  This crime is a Class H felony and carries with it a potential prison sentence of 6 years and a $10,000.00 fine.  At our criminal defense law firm we’re passionate about providing top notch representation to individuals accused of committing any crime.


What is “unauthorized use of an individual’s personal identifying information or documents”?

It’s a crime prohibited by section 943.201(2) of the Wisconsin Statutes.  Specifically:

Whoever, for any of the following purposes, intentionally uses, attempts to use, or possesses with intent to use any personal identifying information or personal identification document of an individual, including a deceased individual, without the authorization or consent of the individual and by representing that he or she is the individual, that he or she is acting with the authorization or consent of the individual, or that the information or document belongs to him or her is guilty of a Class H felony:

(a) To obtain credit, money, goods, services, employment, or any other thing of value or benefit.
(b) To avoid civil or criminal process or penalty.
(c) To harm the reputation, property, person, or estate of the individual.

What are the elements of the offense?

All crimes have parts, or elements, that need to be proven beyond a reasonable doubt.  If the state cannot prove each of the elements of an offense, they can’t prove you’ve committed the crime.  “Unauthorized use of an individual’s personal identifying information or documents” has the following elements:
  1. The defendant intentionally used/attempted to use/possessed with intent to use personal identifying information or a personal identifying document of the victim.
  2. The defendant intentionally used/attempted to use/possessed with intent to use personal identifying information or a personal identifying document of the victim to obtain credit, money, goods, services, employment or anything else of value or benefit, or to avoid civil or criminal process or penalty, or to harm the reputation, property, person, or estate of the victim.
  3. The defendant acted without the authorization or consent of the victim and knew that the victim did not give authorization or consent.
  4. The defendant intentionally represented that he was the victim/he was acting with authorization or consent of the victim/the information or document belonged to him.

“Personal identifying document” means:

  • A document containing personal identifying information;
  • An individual’s card or plate that can be used to obtain money, goods, services, or any other thing of value or benefit or to initiate a transfer of funds; or
  • Any device that is unique to, assigned to, or belongs to an individual and is intended to be used to access services, funds, or benefits of any kind to which the individual is entitled.

Why contact Meyer Van Severen regarding your “unauthorized used of an individual’s personal identifying information or documents” case?

Our criminal defense attorneys have worked on identity theft cases.  Our entire firm is focused on providing the best defense to any criminal charge you’re facing.  If you’d like to speak with one of our skilled criminal defense lawyers, contact Meyer Van Severen, S.C. at (414) 270-0202 today.