Identity theft is an increasingly common crime in America, which is why the San Diego District Attorney has a specialized unit working to investigate and prosecute these crimes. Unfortunately, because identity theft can be performed in such an elusive manner, people accused of the crime are sometimes innocent. San Diego criminal lawyer Peter M. Liss can help you if you have been accused of this serious crime.
Like white collar crime, identity theft is not one specific criminal charge, but a number of different charges that are used in one type of crime. Common charges brought up against those suspected of identity theft are credit card fraud, forgery, using falsified documents, check fraud, insurance fraud and more. While there are a variety of crimes you may be charged with if you are accused of identity theft, they are all felonies and they all require the expertise of a San Diego criminal attorney with years of experience, like Peter M. Liss.
Investigators of these crimes will generally search the home of suspected identity thieves and seize anything they believe may have been used to perpetrate the crime, including computers, specialized printing equipment, digital cameras, and other electronics. Computer crimes are always complex and you will require a top San Diego white collar crimes lawyer to help you fight the charges if your electronics have been seized during the investigation. While it is always beneficial to have an attorney prior to having your property searched, even if you hired your lawyer after the fact, he may be able to show that evidence was retrieved from your home without proper constitutional procedures -rendering certain pieces of evidence inadmissible in court.
If you have been accused of, or believe you may be charged with, identity theft, please call San Diego criminal attorney Peter M. Liss as soon as possible. You can schedule a free initial consultation to discuss your case by calling (760) 643-4050 or (858) 486-3024.
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