Long Beach Identity Theft Attorneys
Identity theft is a huge and growing problem, not only in Long Beach but across the country. In fact, there were more than one million victims of identity theft in the state of California in 2009, to illustrate how this crime has grown in recent years. Many people are also wrongly accused of this criminal offense, which could leave you facing serious criminal penalties if convicted. If you have been arrested or charged with identity theft or are under investigation, we urge you to contact The Justice Firm immediately.What is Identity Theft?
This offense occurs when an individual uses the personal identifying information of another individual for unlawful purposes, and without the authorization of the victim. It is no surprise that this crime has continued to rise over the years, given the ever-increasing use of technology such as the Internet and smart phones, making personal information more easily accessible than ever before. A crime occurs when someone's personal information is used for counterfeit or monetary gain purposes.
California Penal Code Section 530 defines identity theft as intentionally and unlawfully obtaining another person's personal identifying information and retaining possession of that information. Frequently, someone who commits this crime obtains the victim's information via a computer/access to the Internet or mail, and uses the personal identifying information to create an account such as a credit card account, then purchasing items or obtaining money through these cards/accounts they are not entitled to. Each time the card or account is used to obtain goods or money, it is a separate count of identity theft.
The Long Beach identity theft lawyers at The Justice Firm can help if you have been arrested or charged with such circumstances as:
- Acquiring another person's personal information in an effort to obtain credit cards
- Obtaining government documents that are counterfeit or fake such as birth certificates, social security cards, or driver licenses
- Using another individual's personal information in order to gain access to private medical information
Identity theft may be charged as a misdemeanor or felony offense depending on the severity of the offense and evidence. In addition, a felony offense may be prosecuted at the state level or by federal prosecutors. Punishment may include restitution to the victim, up to three years in state prison, probation/parole, substantial fines, court costs, and more. In some cases, a conviction at the federal level may result in up to 25 years in prison.Contact The Justice Firm Today
Whether you are under investigation or have already been charged, identity theft is a crime that requires aggressive legal representation due to the harsh consequences you may face if convicted. Not only may you lose your freedom, but your reputation and career may be in jeopardy as well. At The Justice Firm, we have the experience, skill, and committed approach necessary to reach exceptional results for our clients. Contact us for a free consultation today at 310-914-2444.