Identity theft refers to the using of another person's identity (such as name, social security number or credit card number) without that person's consent. This is typically done to commit fraud or steal. With the rise of identity theft over the internet, California courts are imposing harsher penalties.
Identity theft can be prosecuted as a misdemeanor or a felony depending on the severity of the offense. As a misdemeanor, identity theft is punishable by up to one year in county jail and/or a fine of up to $1000. It may also be punishable as a felony by imprisonment in the state prison for a term of 16 months, two years, or three years in state prison, and/or a fine up to $10,000.
If you have been charged or are under investigation for identity theft, you should seek legal counsel right away. Experienced attorneys at Jones Law can help.
The help of a good lawyer is critical in limiting the damage that a criminal or DUI case can have on your family, your life and your livelihood. Of course a good lawyer can minimize the penalties such as jail, fines and license suspension or revocation.
David E. Jones is a former Deputy District Attorney and a highly skilled DUI/DWI and criminal defense lawyer with more than 20 years of experience helping clients who are facing State and Federal criminal charges.