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I bought cpn on line got arrested at dealerships they let me go because I was cooperative but they wanted me to turn my self in and see a judge in am . Am I facing jail time cause I never had a back ground in anything?

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Mayteson illinois

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Matteson

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No can afford one they say I can only get a public defender when going to court

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Lawyer: Nisha Jones,
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CPN's are not in and of themselves illegal.

However if they are used to intentionally conceal a poor credit background, it can be considered fraudulent.

If you are supposed to appear in court tomorrow, then my recommendation would be to hire a defense attorney to accompany you and represent you in this matter.

If you can't afford one, then a court appointed public defender should be assigned to you in the morning.

Until you have an attorney, if you are criminally charged with fraud in the morning, you would want to plead not guilty. Your attorney can then work on preparing a defense for you, securing evidence on your behalf, etc. Ignorance of the matter is in this case a valid defense.

To answer your question about potential jail time, credit fraud is considered a class 4 felony, which means it's punishable by anywhere between 1-3 years in prison and/or a fine or restitution order.

Keep in mind that is if you end up being formally charged, there is a chance that you may not, especially since it appears this occurred before a vehicle was actually procured.

I hope that helps!

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