In today's age, with accessibility through the use of the computer and cell phones, Los Angeles identity theft has become a top priority of prosecutors. The extent of identity theft in Southern California has exploded. Most police and prosecutor's offices have special units that have almost unlimited resources to vigorously investigate and prosecute those charged with identity theft. Los Angeles identity theft defense attorney Michael Kraut of the Kraut Law Group used to work as a Harvard Law School educated prosecutor. He now provides an aggressive defense for those under investigation or charged with a Southern California identity theft crimes.
Identity theft is defined in the California Penal Code Section 530 defines the crime as any person that unlawfully and intentionally acquires and retains possession of personal identifying information of another person. In most cases that means that a person has either gained access to a person's computer information or mail and uses the information to create a credit card, or other account, to get money or items that they are not entitled. It is important to realize that each item that contains personal information in the possession of the person charged with the crime is another offense. Each count of identity theft is a felony and carries a punishment of 3 years of state prison, restitution to the victim, substantial court costs and fines, parole or probation, and potentially a loss of your job.
Identity theft is not only prosecuted by the District Attorney in State court. The United States Attorney's Office vigorously prosecutes identity theft as a Federal crime. The Identity Theft and Assumption Deterrence Act of 1998 was enacted to punish individuals at the Federal level. The penalties include fins and punishment in Federal prison for up to 25 years.
If you have been charged with an identity theft crime in Los Angeles, or an identity theft crime in Riverside, a San Bernardino identity theft crime, or Orange County identity crime, it is important that you seek the services of a criminal defense attorney with extensive experience with these types of cases. Whether you are charged with a felony or a misdemeanor in the Los Angeles or Southern California area, call Michael Kraut. Mr. Kraut understands the serious nature of this offense, how best to defend you, and how to resolve your case without you going to jail. Mr. Kraut has extensive knowledge of the law and the legal system. He has developed excellent relationships with law enforcement and law officials throughout the Los Angeles and Southern California.
For more information on these types of charges and the various ways to defend against an identity theft crime, and to schedule your free consultation, contact Los Angeles identity theft defense attorney Michael Kraut at the Kraut Law Group. Mr. Kraut can be reached 24/7 at 888-334-6344 or 323-464-6453.