The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department reported that it broke up an identity theft in Agoura Hills earlier this month. Two men and a woman, all from Bakersfield and occupying two different hotel rooms were arrested at a local Sheraton Hotel. Police were responding to a report of suspicious activity at the hotel. While searching the hotel rooms, deputies found weapons, drugs, burglary tools, and a variety of counterfeiting materials, including small copiers, mail stolen from Conejo Valley and postal keys. According to deputies, the trio traveled to the area to commit burglaries, thefts and identity theft.
Identity theft can have serious consequences
Identity theft is a crime in California, and occurs in a number of ways. Usually, identity theft is associated with acquiring a monetary or economic benefit in someone else’s name, attempting to disguise one’s true identity or causing a person to suffer some kind of financial loss (as in the theft of a tax refund). Identity theft can be prosecuted under state law in California as either a misdemeanor or a felony. Identity theft can also be prosecuted under federal law. As a federal prosecution, an identity theft conviction can result in an extremely long prison sentence.
The particulars of an identity theft prosecution are complex, and you will need the assistance of an experienced criminal defense attorney. Robert Helfend is a criminal defense attorney in Los Angeles and has more than 30 years of experience in Los Angeles area courtrooms. Mr. Helfend works exclusively as a criminal defense attorney and handles each case personally. When you hire Robert Helfend, you get the full benefit of his experience. He does not hand cases off to junior attorneys with less criminal defense experience.
If you’ve been accused of identity theft in California, don’t rely on an inexperienced attorney to defend you in court. Choose a fighter who will work tirelessly to defend you, and work to get the identity theft charges against you reduced or dropped. Contact Robert Helfend or call toll-free at (800) 834-6434, (310) 456-3317, (818) 591-2809 or (805) 273-5611 for an immediate consultation on your Los Angeles County identity theft case.
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