Roseville Criminal Defense Attorney – Identity Theft Crimes
Serving Placer County including: Roseville, Rocklin, Colfax, Lincoln and Auburn, CA
Identity theft statistics released by the State of California Department of Justice, show that in 2012, there were 12.6 million U.S. adult victims, or one victim every three seconds. That figure represents 5.3 percent of U.S. adults, including over a 1.6 million Californians. Identity theft is a white collar crime that is also known as identity fraud.
Identity theft and identity fraud are terms used to refer to all types of crime in which someone wrongfully obtains and uses another person’s personal data in some way that involves fraud or deception, typically for economic gain.
California Penal Code Sec., 530.5 defines identity theft as:
(a) Every person who willfully obtains personal identifying information, as defined in subdivision (b) of Section 530.55, of another person, and uses that information for any unlawful purpose, including to obtain, or attempt to obtain, credit, goods, services, real property, or medical information without the consent of that person. Basically, it is someone taking personal information like your name, Social Security number, or financial account number and using it for an unlawful purpose.
California law establishes punishment for identity theft by a fine, imprisonment in county jail for a term of up to one year, both a fine and term in county jail, or an increased sentence based on the defendant’s prior criminal record and other circumstances as permitted by law. Generally, the exact penalties for identity theft depend on the circumstances of the crime and the severity of the harm suffered by the victim.
Identity theft is a serious offense with serious consequences if convicted. A conviction may damage your reputation, your criminal record, and more. If you have been charged with identity theft, understanding your rights, pending charges, and possible penalties is critical. For this reason, it is recommended that an alleged offender at least consult his or her case with an experienced criminal defense attorney before discussing the case with anyone else. Call our office today to speak to a reputable defense attorney that can help you. We will answer your questions and concerns, evaluate the facts of your case, and advise you of your legal options.
Our experienced Roseville criminal defense attorney’s know the ins and outs of the criminal justice system. We understand that you made a mistake and are here to help you fix it. We strongly believe in second chances, we work hard to get our clients the results they want to see.
There’s no substitute for a strong Roseville criminal defense attorney,
call Wing & Parisi at (916) 441-4888.
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