Identity Theft in Southern California
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It is fascinating to think how much technology has evolved over the past
decade or so. The internet has become a popular destination to communicate
with others, share your experiences, keep up with current events, shop,
and conduct day-to-day activities. However, identity theft has become
one of the fastest growing crimes in the United States—with California
reporting more incidents than almost any other state.
If you have been arrested for identity theft, understand that you have
the right to defend yourself. At
Campbell Whitten, we are committed to protecting your rights, reputation, and future. With
more than 50 years of collective experience, we have a thorough understanding
of California law to help you navigate the complexities of your case.
California Identity Theft Law & Penalties
Identity theft is essentially stealing another person’s personal
identifying information for use in an unlawful or fraudulent manner. These
types of information include the victim’s name, social security
number, driver’s license number, passport number, address, phone
number, bank account numbers, banking pin number, credit card numbers,
and even fingerprints.
California imposes similar penalties and sentences for identity theft crimes,
regardless of whether the defendant acquired, retained, used, sold, or
transferred the personal identifying information for an unlawful purpose.
Since identity theft is considered a “wobbler”—meaning
that the offense may be punished as either a misdemeanor or a felony—the
actual sentence depends on the circumstances of the offense and the severity
of the harm suffered by the victim(s).
If punished as a misdemeanor, you face up to one year in a county jail
and a maximum fine of $1,000. If punished as a felony, you face up to
three years in prison and a maximum fine of $10,000.
Schedule a Free Consultation with Our Bakersfield Criminal Defense Lawyers Today
Whether you were unlawfully accused, using someone else’s personal
identifying information in a lawful manner, or a victim yourself, we can
do whatever it takes to obtain the best results possible. Do not hesitate
to speak with our legal team for more information.
Contact us and discuss your legal options today.