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 Wilfert Law, PC.
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 criminal court:
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 Wilfert Law, PC, we have experience as former prosecutors and law enforcement. Our attorneys have the unique perspective needed to understand what you are up against.