A Hawthorne man with a known history of identity theft was arrested in Vacaville, CA following a routine traffic stop there in which the man provided a counterfeit California driver license. A search of the vehicle also turned up methamphetamine. Police were unable to determine the driver’s identity, so they used the fingerprint scanner in their vehicle.
Identity Theft, drug possession charges
The fingerprint scanner identified the man as Darnell Thompson, 27. Thompson had an extensive history of criminal activity, including identity theft. Police arrested Thompson and he was later charged with mail theft, burglary, fraud, false impersonation, possession of stolen property, burglary tools, methamphetamine possession, drug paraphernalia possession and a probation violation.
If you’re facing multiple criminal charges, you need to hire an experienced criminal defense attorney to be by your side throughout the criminal adjudication process. Largely as a result of state laws that remove judicial discretion, the Courts are very intolerant of repeat offenders and offenders charged with multiple criminal violations.
Repeated felony convictions can put you at risk of getting caught in California’s harsh Three Strikes Law penalties. Even if you’re not being accused of a violent crime, new modifications only protect you from accumulating a third strike. You can still accumulate “second strike” consequences, which include longer sentences for non-violent crimes.
Your best defense strategy is to work with an experienced criminal defense attorney. Robert Helfend has practiced criminal defense in Los Angeles County and throughout Southern California for more than 30 years. He will work hard to get the charges against you reduced or dropped. When that’s not possible, he will work toward the best possible resolution in your case.
Don’t risk your freedom, or extended sentences for non-violent crimes like identity theft and drug possession. 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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