Credit Card Abuse

By Jeff Kennedy

Fort Worth Credit Card Abuse Attorney in Tarrant County

Have you been accused of using someone else’s credit or debit card number without their permission? Have you been contacted by a detective? You can be easily charged with the crime of  Credit or Debit Card Abuse.

This is a serious charge of a State Jail Felony and the possible penalty range is from 180 days to 2 years in State Jail Prison and a fine of up to $10,000.

How Can An Attorney Help Me With Credit Card Abuse Charges?

Fort Worth Credit Card Abuse Attorney Jeff C. Kennedy has over 20 years of experience in defending Credit or Debit Abuse charges.  In fact, 100% of Jeff’s legal experience comes as a criminal defense attorney defending your rights. He takes apart and puts together all of your case himself, and he only represents clients like you accused of criminal offenses.

But he also has a proven record of professional success. In addition to getting literally hundreds of cases dismissed and charges dropped, he’s also recognized as one of the top 100 trial lawyers in the nation according to The National Trial Lawyers. He even possesses a license to practice in front of our nation’s highest court – the United States Supreme Court!

While Jeff makes it his goal to resolve your case without going to trial (which is possible in most cases), he has the legal skills necessary to win your case at trial if necessary. And that’s another thing not every lawyer does. If you approach the larger law firms, you meet with the senior lawyer who “oversees” your case, signs the contract and takes your money. But in everyday practice, they may have associate lawyers actually appearing in court or even taking your case to trial.

Do you really want to trust years of your life, your personal and professional reputation, and thousands of dollars in fines to an inexperienced lawyer?

What Are The Consequences Of Credit Card Abuse Conviction in Fort Worth?

  • Restitution payments for the amount of money you stole
  • Loss of your job
  • Having a difficult, almost impossible, time getting hired at future jobs
  • Public humiliation
  • Loss of respect from your friends, family, and coworkers
  • Destruction of your professional reputation if you are a well-known professional (doctor, lawyer, dentist, accountant etc…)

Regardless of the type of credit or debit card crime you’re accused of, attorney Jeff C. Kennedy helps you get the best legal outcome possible. He’s gotten hundreds of cases dismissed involving all kinds of criminal charges – including credit card abuse.

Take a look at this brief story of how we helped “K.J.H.” get their case dismissed:

K.J.H. was accused of credit/debit card abuse, with a case filed in the 371st District Court in Tarrant County. K.J.H. could have spent 180 days to 2 years in jail. With no prior criminal record, that client was offered and could have accepted a plea bargain agreement for probation.
But instead, Jeff helped K.J.H. get their case dismissed.

That’s the difference a skilled attorney with a proven track record of success makes!

Get Your Free Case Review Today from a Tarrant County Credit Card Fraud Attorney

While Jeff C. Kennedy makes it his goal to favorably resolve your case before it goes to trial, he can’t guarantee you a specific legal outcome. However, he will do everything in his power to make sure you get a fair resolution to your case. And very often that means your case gets dismissed.

You also get straightforward legal fees (many lawyers charge by the hour or phone call) and Jeff’s cell phone number.

It’s important to act now because the police began building a case against you the moment they suspected you were committing a crime (which can sometimes be weeks or months before your arrest).

Frightened? Confused? Overwhelmed?

Contact the Law Offices of Jeff C. Kennedy immediately so we can begin to prepare a defense for your case. Call 817.605.1010 today for your free case review.

Tarrant County Credit or Debit Card Abuse FAQs

If I’m Accused of Credit Card Abuse, What Determines How Significant the Charges Are?

Generally, it depends on how you took the other person’s credit card, how you used it, and how much money was charged. If your teenage son or daughter steals someone’s purse, takes the credit card, and then buys some clothes with it, they’ll face a certain level of charges. However, if they use a skimmer specifically to steal credit card information and buy more than $20,000 in merchandise with it, they’ll face much more severe charges.

Can I Get More Severe Charges in Certain Situations?

You can. If you have prior convictions, or if the victim was elderly, you can be charged with an enhanced felony offense. Felonies range in severity from 180 days in prison and $10,000 (state jail felony) in fines to up to life imprisonment.

How Do I Know If I’ve Committed Credit Card Abuse?

First, there’s the obvious case – using a credit or debit card that’s not yours. You can also:

  • Knowingly use an expired, revoked, or cancelled card
  • Use a fictitious card
  • Steal a credit/debit card with the intent of using, selling, or transferring it to another person who is not the cardholder
  • Buy a credit/debit card from someone you know not to be the issuer of the card
  • Sell the credit/debit card yourself
  • Compel the cardholder to use their card to get property for your benefit with the knowledge they financially can’t afford it
  • Possess a credit/debit card that’s not your own and intend to use it

If you have been accused of credit card or debit card abuse, contact Tarrant County Criminal Defense Attorney Jeff C. Kennedy immediately at 817.605.1010 for your free case review.


Jeff C. Kennedy was the light of hope at the end of very dark storm. He was not only able to defend my case swiftly, but had the alleged charges dismissed completely. His calm and empathetic demeanor offered emotional succor to myself and those I care about most. My children and I are eternally grateful for his excellent service and I hereby recommend Jeff C. Kennedy without reservation.


Jeff Kennedy truly cares. He and his staff kept me informed all the way throughout my case and provided me with all my options and the potential outcomes for my case. When the day finally arrived to resolve my case, Jeff was able to negotiate a reduction to a lesser charge. He was well prepared and coordinated everything perfectly. Jeff is not only a good lawyer, but a good man.


I hired Mr. Jeff Kennedy to handle a DWI charge. From day one, I knew I had picked the right attorney. Jeff always took the time to answer any of my questions, treated me very professionally, and truly cared about my case. I have never been in any kind of trouble before and I was very nervous about the thought of going to trial. Jeff thoroughly explained the entire process to me and made me feel at ease. Jeff took my case to trial and the jury found me NOT GUILTY!


Jeff Kennedy is a professional, intelligent, easy-to-talk-to lawyer with an excellent understanding of how the system works. Jeff was able to get my twice the legal limit BAC thrown out and he kept me from having an interlock device put on my car. This has been my only big mistake in life so far (hopefully the last) and I am glad he was there to walk me through it. You will not regret hiring him.

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