Published On: March 24th, 2021Categories: UncategorizedTags: , , , , , ,

How does California Law Define Criminal Identity Theft?


March 24, 2021


Identity theft occurs when a person uses another person’s identifying information in a fraudulent or unlawful manner. It can be charged as either a misdemeanor or a felony.

What is considered identifying information?

Identifying information can include a wide range of information, including but not limited to:

  • Names
  • Addresses
  • Telephone numbers
  • Account numbers
  • Driver’s License information
  • Passport information
  • Social Security number

What are the defenses to California Identity Theft?

No fraudulent intent/ No unlawful purpose. A prosecutor will have to prove that the defendant used another person’s information in an unlawful manner or with fraudulent intent – if they can’t, you may have a defense!

Interactive computer service or software provider. Computer services or software providers are exempt from identity theft charges unless they sell or transfer the information with the intent to commit fraud.

Everyone’s case is different, and certain defenses may or may not apply to your individual situation and the circumstances of the case. It is always wise to consult with an experienced attorney to discuss your situation.

If you or a loved one is facing potential charges, reach out to our office to discuss your case. Doug and I are experienced attorneys who work hard to support and meet our clients’ needs. Contact us for a consultation today.

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