Identity Theft

One of the fastest growing crimes in the state of California is identity theft, and as such it is being prosecuted with more serious penalties than ever before. Identity theft crimes are on the rise because of the availability of personal information being passes over digital media such as computers, phones, etc. If you have been charged with an identity theft crime in the state of California, don’t expect the prosecutor to go easy on you in any way. Call Somera Law Group right away to discuss your case and see how we can use our experience for your benefit.

Committing any kind of fraud using someone else’s identity without their permission is identity theft. This crime can be committed in a number of ways, but some of the most common are as follows -

  • Using someone’s personal information to apply for a bank loan, mortgage, or any other type of financing
  • Making a fake credit card or driver’s license intended to mimic the real thing
  • Making an online purchase using another person’s information

Even the lowest misdemeanor charge of identity theft can bring up to a year in prison if you are convicted. For bigger crimes that are charged as a felony, the prison term starts at 16 months and goes up from there. At the top end, federal identity theft is punishable with up to 25 years in prison.

For a free consultation regarding your identity theft case, call our offices today. Somera Law Group is experienced in California criminal court and will be happy to defend you against these very serious charges. We look forward to your call.