Identity theft involves using the personal identification information of another person for an unlawful or fraudulent purpose. Here’s what you should know about this common crime as defined under California Penal Code 530.5 (PC).
If someone is accused of violating Penal Code Section 141 (PC), they will normally face misdemeanor charges. But when a police officer is accused of planting or tampering with evidence, the charges will be a felony.
Identity theft is a crime everyone has heard of, but few people know that the activities commonly called by that name include a wide array of offenses. One of the most commonly charged forms of identify theft is false impersonation. If you have been accused of this crime or any other form of identity theft, […]
False news, scam emails, fake bomb threats, April Fool’s Day pranks, swatting attacks and conspiracy theories tend to have one thing in common -they all start with a lie. While lying isn’t explicitly illegal, it can be if it puts someone at risk of harm. In fact, the most famous example of why free speech […]
California’s Employment Development Department, the state department in charge of issuing unemployment benefits, has been in the news a lot recently after reporting record fraud losses in 2020 due to looser restrictions on unemployment claims as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. In fact, of the $114 billion worth of unemployment benefits paid in 2020, […]
As the coronavirus wears on for almost a year now, we’re starting to have more tools to fight it, both in because we are now better able to identify who has the disease and prevent them from spreading it and because the vaccines are starting to be given to the public. While it seems we’re […]
While we’ve already covered the fact that it’s a crime to knowingly expose someone to the coronavirus, it’s worth mentioning that doing the opposite can also get you in trouble with the law. That is, claiming to be infected with Covid-19 when you’re actually not can result in criminal charges depending on the situation. In […]
At some point or another, just about everyone has pretended to be a police officer, whether it was while playing cops and robbers as a child or as a Halloween costume as an adult. But there is a big distinction between wearing a costume or a child pretending to arrest a friend and the crime […]
Despite some conservatives’ claims to the contrary, voter fraud is relatively uncommon in elections throughout the entire country, and that includes both mail-in ballots or traditional in-person voting machines. That being said, while there are certainly nowhere near “millions of examples of voter fraud in California alone” as some Republican pundits have claimed, it is […]
Healthcare fraud is a serious problem in America, which has been estimated to cost taxpayers at least $60 billion a year. All participants in the medical industry can be charged with fraud, including individual patients, doctors, pharmacists and nurses or entire hospitals, physician’s offices, pharmacies and urgent care clinics. Unfortunately, some of these cases come […]