California Penal Code 530.5 – Identity Theft
Los Angeles Identity Theft Attorney
California Penal Code § 530.5 refers to California's identity theft laws. These laws state that a personal commits a criminal offense when they unlawfully obtain the personal identifying information of another and use that information for any unlawful reason, including:
- Theft of goods or services
- Obtaining credit
- Obtaining real property
- Obtaining medical information.
Because identity theft charges and penalties vary from case to case, we encourage anyone face charges under PC 530.5 tocontact us for a free legal consultation.
According to the statute, personal identifying information may be any forms of ID or documents that include a person's confidential information. Examples include:
- Another's name, date of birth, address, and telephone number
- Social security numbers
- Driver's license & passport information
- Birth or death certificate information
Penalties for California Identity Theft
A standard charge under PC 530.5 is punishable by fines, imprisonment in jail for up to one year, or both. Charges can and often do vary, however, depending on the facts and circumstances of the case. Identity theft is a common internet and theft crime, and will vary depending on a variety of factors:
- The amount or value of goods, property, or services stolen
- The person or party from whom the goods, property of services were stolen
- A person's criminal record, including any prior theft crime or identity theft convictions
Depending on the circumstances surrounding a case, prosecutors may pursue additional charges for crimes such as mail or wire fraud. Individuals accused of identity theft may also face heightened charges and penalties for committing identity theft against certain persons, including elderly individuals. Although penalties can vary on a case by case basis, convictions can result in terms of imprisonment for as much as three years.
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At Lessem, Newstat & Tooson, LLP, our team of Los Angeles criminal defense lawyers have years of combined experience representing individuals accused of identity theft. We are familiar with the tactics prosecutors use and fight back using our abilities and resources to effectively challenge their case.
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