What can I do if someone was arrested and used my identity?
If someone has used your information when they were arrested and their charge is showing up on your record, you may be the victim of identity theft.
To resolve this issue, you should take the following steps:
- Get fingerprinted. You can get fingerprinted at most police departments. There are also some companies that will provide official fingerprints for you as well.
- Send the fingerprints to GCIC with a request that they compare the fingerprints and remove the record. GCIC will review your records and compare the fingerprints. If they do not match, GCIC will correct the record and send you a letter telling you which charges have been removed.
- Once you’ve received notice from GCIC that they’ve corrected your record, you should order a new GCIC report to confirm.
- Keep a copy of your approval to show potential employers or to send to credit reporting agencies who pull uncorrected records.
Identity theft in criminal cases is most common among family members and people with common names, but technology and ID requirements have eliminated most instances.
Do you need help removing someone else’s charge from your criminal record? Call us to get started on your case today!
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