A San Marino traffic stop yielded an arrest for identity theft. Police pulled over Jonathan Villanueva for a traffic violation, and discovered that he had no driver’s license. Further investigation showed that Villanueva’s passenger, Charlene Gomez of Pasadena, had a forged check made out to her, as well as a stolen credit card, stolen mail and burglary tools.
Villanueva and Gomez were both arrested. Villanueva was arrested on a misdemeanor charge, and booked into the Alhambra Police Department. His bail was set at $100. Gomez was booked into Century Regional Detention facility on forgery, identity theft, possession of burglary tools, possession of stolen property and suspicion of theft of an access card. Her bail was set at $20,000. Authorities are investigating the possibility that Gomez may be responsible for additional cases.
An Experienced Identity Theft Attorney
Identity theft can be prosecuted as either a misdemeanor or a felony in California. It can also be prosecuted in federal court or state court. The charges you may face and how you’re prosecuted will depend upon the circumstances of your case. Without question, you need the services of an experienced identity theft attorney like Robert Helfend.
Robert Helfend has practiced law in Southern California, including Los Angeles, for more than 30 years. In that time, he has defended thousands of clients just like you who have been accused of violating state and federal laws in California.
Robert Helfend is known as an aggressive criminal defense attorney. He is well respected by prosecutors, judges and other defense attorneys in courtrooms throughout Southern California. His service to his clients is well known. He handles each case personally, so his clients always work directly with him to develop an effective defense strategy.
Regardless of what you’ve been accused of, do not attempt to defend yourself and don’t settle for a less experienced attorney when your freedom is at risk.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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