San Bernardino Identity Theft Attorney
Defending Against Identity Theft Charges in California
Identity theft is a pervasive and growing concern in today's digital age, and it can have devastating consequences for individuals and their financial well-being. At Bullard & Powell, APC, we recognize the urgency and gravity of identity theft cases in California. That's why our San Bernardino identity theft lawyers are dedicated to protecting your rights and helping you navigate the complex legal landscape surrounding these cases.
Call Bullard & Powell, APC. today at (909) 771-2304 or contact us online to schedule a consultation with our identity theft lawyer in San Bernardino.
What is Identity Theft?
Identity theft is a criminal act in which an individual wrongfully acquires and uses another person's personal information, such as their Social Security number, financial accounts, or credit card details, without their consent. This stolen information is often used for fraudulent purposes, including making unauthorized purchases, opening new accounts, or committing other crimes, all of which can wreak havoc on the victim's life.
What are the Penalties for Identity Theft in California?
The consequences for identity theft in California can be severe and may result in substantial penalties. According to California Penal Code Section 530.5, identity theft is categorized as a felony. The penalties for identity theft convictions may include:
- Criminal Charges: Individuals found guilty of identity theft may face criminal charges that can lead to imprisonment, fines, and probation.
- Restitution: Courts often order identity thieves to pay restitution to their victims. This means that if you are convicted of identity theft, you may be required to compensate the victim for any financial losses they incurred because of your actions.
- Felony Record: A conviction for identity theft can result in a permanent felony record, which can have long-lasting effects on both your personal and professional life, including difficulties in obtaining employment or housing.
- Loss of Reputation: Being accused or convicted of identity theft can harm your reputation and relationships, both personally and professionally.
- Civil Lawsuits: In addition to criminal penalties, identity theft victims have the right to file civil lawsuits against the perpetrator. This can result in significant financial liability for the defendant.
Defenses Against Identity Theft Charges
Some possible defenses against identity theft charges may include:
- Lack of Intent: If you can indicate that you did not have the intent to commit identity theft and that any use of personal information was accidental or inadvertent, this can be a powerful defense.
- Mistaken Identity: It is possible that you were falsely accused or that the victim misidentified you as the perpetrator. We can investigate the evidence and present a strong case to challenge the accusations against you.
- Insufficient Evidence: The prosecution must be able to prove your guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. We can challenge the evidence presented by the prosecution and highlight any weaknesses in their case.
- Consent: If you had the victim's consent to use their personal information, it may serve as a valid defense against identity theft charges.
- Illegal Search and Seizure: If law enforcement received evidence against you through an illegal search and seizure, it may be possible to have that evidence suppressed in court.
Contact Our San Bernardino Identity Theft Lawyer Today
At Bullard & Powell, APC, our San Bernardino identity theft attorney can discuss the details of your case and formulate a strategic defense plan tailored to your specific situation. Protecting your rights and securing your future is our top priority. Trust Bullard & Powell, APC, to fight vigorously for your defense in identity theft cases.
Contact Bullard & Powell, APC. today to get started with our San Bernardino identity theft attorney.
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