Identity theft is one of the fastest growing type of crimes in the nation and California is one of the epicenters of this type of crime. As a result, the state is one of the leaders in prosecuting these serious crimes. In fact, California was the first state to create a specific agency designed specifically to protect the identity of its citizens. Since then, legislators have been writing more and more laws to prevent identity theft crimes, which carry increasingly severe penalties.
All forms of identity theft are felony crimes in California and the state operates five special task forces just to handle the massive number of identity theft and fraud cases it must prosecute. The San Diego District Attorney even has a specialized unit devoted to financial crimes and identity theft cases. If you have been accused of a crime of this nature, it is critical you hire a Vista criminal attorney who has extensive experience with these cases like Peter M. Liss.
Typically these crimes are investigated by seizing the computers of suspects and searching the data base for other individuals identities. Crimes involving computer seizures are particularly complex for both the prosecution and defense. If your computer has been searched by the police, please tell your legal representative as soon as possible to ensure your rights were not violated during the search.
There are many different crimes that qualify as identity theft, including forgery, credit card theft, representing oneself as another person to an officer of the law, checking fraud and more. Potential consequences for the offense include incarceration in prison, massive fines and mandatory restitution being made to the victim(s).
No matter what identity theft offenses you have been accused of, you must take these charges seriously and immediately contact a skilled Vista identity theft lawyer at (760) 643-4050 as soon as possible.
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