It is stunning to think of the amount of personally identifiable information that exists for each individual. Traditional information like names, dates of birth, addresses and telephone numbers still exist, of course, but they are joined by Social Security and Medicare numbers, a host of financial account numbers and newer information like biometric data , such as fingerprints or iris scans that belong to an individual.
One of the most basic and ordinary tasks performed by St. Louis residents on a daily basis is signing their name for various purposes. Financial transactions, in particular, depend heavily on a person's signature, whether it be signing a credit card receipt or making a transaction at a bank. Given how simple and ordinary it is to sign one's name to a document, individuals might be surprised to learn that the law provides very serious penalties in the event one is accused of signing another person's name.
The youth of today have become the experts on dealing with technology. Young individuals are so used to using smartphones, computers and other devices, that it is second nature for them to navigate these sophisticated technologies. The same might not be true for other St. Louis residents. Indeed, no matter what a person's age, there are limits to that person's technological knowledge, particularly for those who do not work in the field.
Most St. Louis residents have seen an arrest depicted on television or in the movies, which are often shown in dramatic fashion with the accused being read his or her Miranda rights by the officer. In reality, an arrest can be far less entertaining for those involved, particularly where the arrest is unexpected and unfounded.
It has become more and more common for Saint Louis residents to place their personal information online or in the hands of third party businesses or other entities. Given the amount of personal information that is increasingly divulged, it comes as no surprise that one of the fastest growing crimes in the country is identity theft. Indeed, it is estimated that about nine million Americans have their personal information stolen every year.
There are few matters that are taken more seriously than allegations of harm done to children. Accordingly, when St. Louis residents are accused of criminal offenses involving children, they are very serious charges that must be combatted vigorously.