Fresno Identity Theft Attorney
What is Identity Theft?
The crime of identity theft includes the use of another person's identity (including their name, social security number, bank account, or credit card number) without their consent. Identity theft us usually done to facilitate fraud or theft. As identity theft has become more common, especially over the internet, California has increased the penalties associated with identity fraud.
What are the Penalties for Identity Theft in California?
The crime of identity theft can be treated as a misdemeanor or a felony, depending on the individual facts of the case.
- If prosecuted as a misdemeanor, identity theft penalties may include up to one year in jail, and a fine of up to $1,000.
- As a felony, identity theft penalties may include a prison sentence of up to three (3) years, and fines of up to $10,000.
Aggravating Factors for Identity Theft
Penalties may be increased if a defendant:
Has a prior conviction for an identity theft;
Obtains and/or retains the identifying information of ten (10) or more people;
Acquires the personal identifying information of another person, and used the personal identifying information without that person's consent to obtain credit, services, real property, medical information, or other goods; and
Intends to defraud, transfer, convey, or sell the personal information, or knows that the information will be so used.
California Identity Theft Defense Lawyers
We have the skills, knowledge and professional representation to guide you through the legal process from beginning to end. If you have questions regarding identity theft, or any other criminal case or investigation, do not hesitate to contact Wapner Jones, PC to schedule a free consultation.
Fill out our online contact form today, or call (559) 257-4707. We welcome clients all across the Central Valley region, including Madera, Tulare, and Kings counties.