Michigan Identity Theft Laws
Created by FindLaw's team of legal writers and editors | Last reviewed June 20, 2016
All it takes is your Social Security Number and birthdate for a thief to open a credit card account in your name. When someone uses the identity of another it is called "identity theft." Criminals may get individual’s personal and financial information by digging through the garbage and finding sensitive documents or by more high-tech methods. Identity theft is a serous crime and it is charged as a felony in Michigan.
Learn more about Michigan identity theft laws in the chart below. See FindLaw's Identity Theft section and the links following this article for additional information and resources.
|The Michigan Identity Theft Protection Act can be founded in Michigan Compiled Laws sections 445.61 through 445.79c.
|Classification of Crime
|Identity theft is charged as a felony in Michigan.
Individuals are prohibited from committing an unlawful act or obtaining goods, credit, services, money, property, employment, and confidential records by doing the following:
Section 445.67 lists additional banned behavior.
A defendant’s sentence depends on the circumstances of the case, but penalties for identity theft include the following:
Who May Prosecute
The state Attorney General may prosecute identity theft cases.
Exemptions to Identity Theft Laws
Defenses to Civil Lawsuits or Criminal Prosecution
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.
Defenses to civil lawsuits or criminal prosecutions include the following:
If you believe you have been the victim of identity theft, you should contact your local law enforcement agency. Additional questions about identity left may be answered by a Michigan internet attorney.
Research the Law
- Michigan Law
- Official State Codes - Links to the official online statutes (laws) in all 50 states and DC.
Michigan Identity Theft Laws: Related Resources
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