Identity theft is a federal offense that occurs with startling frequency throughout the United States. Because identity theft crime has garnered a great deal of media and political attention through the years, both local and federal law enforcement agencies are aggressive in investigating and prosecuting those individuals who are believed to have committed identity theft.
Identity theft occurs when an individual illegally uses another’s identity to commit fraud, usually for the purpose of personal financial gain. Identity theft may also occur in conjunction with an individual attempting to avoid law enforcement, such as providing another person’s identity upon arrest. Identity theft may be committed by pickpocketing, going through another’s trash, stealing mail, hacking, using a card reader to steal card numbers, infiltration in a company dealing with personal information, phishing and eavesdropping on public finance transactions.
The penalties for identity theft may include imprisonment for up to 20 years and fines of up to $10,000. It is essential to consult a lawyer as soon as possible, in order to have a chance to avoid these penalties and move on with your life.
A Los Angeles identity theft defense attorney at our firm can offer you a consultation regarding your charges. Identity theft may also involve charges such as mail fraud, wire fraud, mail theft or counterfeiting, and at our firm, we are experienced in dealing with all of these federal criminal charges. Using our experience in federal court, we will fight to protect your rights and help you avoid the penalties which may come with a Los Angeles identity theft conviction.
Interested in finding out how we can help you? Contact a Los Angeles identity theft defense lawyer today.