Last week’s news that the Equifax hack has identity theft on center stage. The “big-three” credit bureau allegedly lost the identity records of nearly 150 million people. The hack dwarfs previous data theft cases, and also calls into question exactly what victims can expect.
Criminally, identity-related theft activities and costs have grown exponentially. Banks and consumers are moving to the EMV chip-based credit cards. Experts say that will move thieves to more egregious thefts, like the Experian hack.
But police and prosecutors aren’t just interested in the highest profile hacks. They’re also focusing intently on all kinds of identity-related crimes. As a result, prosecutors will take any instance of identity related crimes more seriously. That could mean a higher risk of prosecution, and more severe penalties upon conviction.
Los Angeles Identity Theft Lawyer
You need an experienced identity theft lawyer when you face charges related to identity theft. In California, identity theft charges can be either misdemeanors or felonies, depending on the circumstances. An experienced criminal defense lawyer like Robert Helfend will take the time to fight the more serious felony charges.
By getting charges against you reduced or dropped, he can limit the impact of a conviction against you. Felony convictions in California – especially repeat felony convictions – can lead to longer sentences. If you accumulate a third “strike” under California law, you could spend the rest of your life in prison.
Don’t put your future at risk. Work with an experienced criminal defense attorney who has spent years in California courts. An experienced, aggressive attorney is truly your best defense strategy.
If you’re ready to see what a difference an experienced attorney can make, 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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