Orange County Identity Theft Lawyer
CALIFORNIA PENAL CODE 530.5
It’s the 21st century, the age of the internet, and identity theft is one of the fastest growing crimes in America. Identity theft is taking someone else’s personal identification documents or information for fraudulent or unlawful use. Specifically, identity theft in California is the “unauthorized use of personal identifying information to obtain credit, goods, services, or medical information in the name of another person.” People typically commit identity theft for financial gain, but there can be other motives. Escaping criminal liability by pretending to be someone else and causing another person to suffer a loss are also among the reasons people steal the identities of other people. If you’re accused of identity theft in California, you’re going to need high-quality defense representation immediately; speak as quickly as possible with experienced theft lawyer Simon Budhwani, Esq.
Identity theft in California may be charged as a misdemeanor or as a felony under California Penal Code 530.5 depending on the circumstances of the crime. If you are convicted of felony identity theft, you face up to 3 years in jail, and/or a fine of up to $10,000. If you are convicted of misdemeanor identity theft, you face up a year in jail, and/or a fine of up to $1,000. If you are prosecuted under the federal identity theft law, you face significantly higher fines and – in the most egregious cases – as much as 30 years in federal prison. Get the help from experienced Orange County identity theft lawyer Simon Budhwani, Esq. immediately.
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In the internet age, it’s easy to make a mistake online by accidentally clicking the wrong button or link, and if you’re on someone else’s computer, you could later be accused of something you don’t even remember. If you had no criminal intent, and you didn’t use someone else’s identifying documents or information unlawfully, a good Orange County identity theft lawyer can make you side of the story clear to the prosecutor, the judge, and if necessary, to a jury. If you face an identity theft charge for any reason in southern California, call, experienced Orange County identity theft lawyer, Simon Budhwani, Esq. immediately at 714-249-2788 or email us today at: [email protected]