Your wallet was stolen. Your computer was hacked and personal data was compromised. You shopped at a store that's had its credit card information compromised. At best, having your identity stolen can cause headaches. At worst, you may face serious legal and financial consequences, including lawsuits from companies that were victims of fraud committed in your name. Identity theft attorneys can help you address the problems created by identity fraud, including filing police reports, pursuing civil action against the thieves, working with creditors and helping to clear your good name. Dealing with identity fraud can take tens or hundreds of hours of your time--and the problems may persists for years to come. Identity theft lawyers can shoulder that burden and use their legal resources to stop the thieves, dispute fraudulent activity and encourage law enforcement officials to take criminal action against the thieves.