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Identity theft is a crime which is harshly prosecuted throughout the U.S., by both state and federal government agencies. The Los Angeles internet crime defense lawyer at Okabe & Haushalter understand the importance of protecting the rights of individuals who have been accused of identity theft, in order to prevent the innocent from being imprisoned and to prevent law enforcement from violating citizens’ constitutional rights in their pursuit of justice.
When you consult our firm, we will review your particular charges with you in order to determine what we can do to help. Our attorneys have experience as former prosecutors, giving them the advantage of understanding both sides of criminal proceedings involving identity theft. As a result, we are able to see the weaknesses in the State’s (the prosecution’s) case and work to prove innocence.
Identity theft occurs when an individual steals another’s personal information for the purpose of committing fraud or for financial gain. This may include a person’s name, address, social security number, bank account number and other sensitive information which would give another the ability to “steal” their identity. This may be committed by physical theft of a person’s wallet or mail, by using the internet to steal information, by counterfeiting, phishing, spamming or by computer hacking.
Identity theft is a felony offense in California and a conviction may result in a state prison sentence of up to 20 years, along with fines of up to $10,000. Restitution may also be a penalty enforced by the court. Specific penalties, however, will depend upon the particular charges and case.
Have you been accused of identity theft? If so, consult an attorney at our firm to see what we can do to help.