Identity Theft

When You Have Been Accused, You Better Understand Penal Code 530.5

There is little question that identity theft is a growing crime in the United States. As more people have access to the internet, personal information is easier to come by. That is also why lawmakers and prosecutors have started to hone in on identify theft, also referred to as identity fraud. They want to make examples of people they believe to be guilty of using someone else's identity in an unlawful or fraudulent manner. The state of California is no different. California Penal Code 530.5 addresses this issue.

If you have been accused of identity theft in California or know someone who has, you need to familiarize yourself with Penal Code 530.5 PC.

Under California law, identity theft is categorized into four areas, including:

  1. Using another person's identifying information, without his or her consent, for unlawful purposes. For example, using someone's identity to obtain credit could be considered identity theft.
  2. Keeping another person's identifying information with the purpose of committing fraud. This means the information is kept without that person's consent.
  3. Selling or providing a person's identifying information without his or her consent and with the intent to engage in fraud.
  4. Similar to the above, selling or providing personal information without someone's consent, but with the knowledge that it will be used to commit fraud.

When you are accused of identity theft, you need to be aware of the possible consequences. We have written an article on this subject, " Accused of Identity Theft in Los Angeles: What Are You In For?"

Get Help With Your Identity Theft Case

If you have been accused of identity theft in Los Angeles County or the surrounding area, you need a legal expert to help you. Don't rely on someone with little to no experience in identity theft law; rely on Ernenwein & Johnson, LLP. We are experienced and aggressive Los Angeles criminal defense lawyers with over 40 years of combined experience defending people accused of identity theft.

Robert Ernenwein is a former Los Angeles Deputy District Attorneys and is Certified as a Criminal Law Specialist by the California State Bar Board of Legal Specialization. He has been named a Super Lawyer by Los Angeles magazine and has appeared as a legal analyst on multiple cable news programs, including Fox News.

Contact Ernenwein & Johnson, Los Angeles and Orange County criminal defense lawyers, today at 310-341-7483 for a free case review.