Identity Theft in CA
Ventura Criminal Defense Attorney
Identity theft is defined as the obtaining of an individual’s personal
identifying information without their consent for personal, financial
gain. Identity theft is one of the fastest growing crimes in America.
In fact, in 2015 over $15 billion was stolen from consumers using identity
theft. If you have been charged with identity theft, it is imperative
that you retain the legal advocacy of a trusted Ventura criminal defense attorney.
Ensure your rights are protected; schedule a consultation with an attorney
from The Law Offices of Jarrod M. Wilfert.
Understanding Identity Theft Charges
For you to be convicted of identity theft, the prosecution must show that
you obtained personally identifying information for an unlawful purpose.
The following activities demonstrate unlawful purpose in the eyes of the
- Applying for lines of credit
- Purchasing goods, property or services
- Requesting medical information
California defines personally identifying information as the victim’s
name, social security number, tax ID, driver’s license number, passport
number, address, phone number, financial account information, and biometrics.
Penalties You Could Face
Identity theft could be charged as either a felony or a misdemeanor depending
on the nature of the circumstances of your arrest. Below is an outline
of the charges you could face.
Felony Identity Theft Charges
- Up to three years in county jail
- Up to $10,000 fine
Misdemeanor Identity Theft Charges
- A jail sentence in of up to one year in jail
- Up to $1,000 fine
- If the crime you have been charged with results in the victim losing money,
you could be ordered to pay restitution as a part of your sentence. Both
felony and misdemeanor identity theft charges could include restitution
orders from the court. These are designed to compensation the victim for
their losses and the amount you are ordered to pay is determined by circumstances
of your individual case.
Talk to a Ventura Criminal Defense Lawyer
If you are facing identity theft charges, it is critical to the
success of your case that you contact a skilled criminal defense attorney. At The Law Offices
of Jarrod M. Wilfert, we have experience as former prosecutors and law
enforcement. Our attorneys have the unique perspective needed to understand
what you are up against.
Contact our Ventura criminal defense attorney today about scheduling a free consultation.