Identity Theft

Orange County Identity Theft Attorney

Criminal Defense Lawyer in Irvine & Laguna Hills, California

Are you under a criminal investigation for or have you been charged with identity theft in Orange County? If so, it is vital that you retain the services of a highly qualified criminal defense attorney. The Irvine identity theft lawyer at the Law Offices of Mark Raymond McDonald can provide you with knowledgeable and skilled legal representation in any criminal charges, including those involving identity theft. Mr. McDonald has been in practice since 1990 and is a former Riverside County prosecutor. He has successfully defended innumerable clients over the past two decades in all types of criminal cases. With his extensive experience on both sides of the courtroom and his total commitment to his clients, he has earned the high respect of the Orange County legal community.

Identity Theft Charges and Consequences

Identity theft is generally considered a white collar crime, which are nonviolent crimes based on deception and misrepresentation. Usually in an identity theft case, the alleged offender has accessed another person's identification information through computer hacking or mail theft and uses this information to obtain credit cards, other bank accounts, or get funds to which they are not entitled. Each piece of personal identification information that is unlawfully obtained can be charged as another count of identity theft which is classified as a felony.

Identity theft is covered under California Penal Code 530.5 with penalties including imprisonment in a county jail for up to one year and / or a fine up to $1,000 or imprisonment in a state prison for up to 3 years and / or a fine up to $10,000 depending on the facts of the case. Restitution to the victim may also be sentenced. In addition, court costs and probation or parole may ensue. Identity theft may also be prosecuted as a federal crime under the Identity Theft and Assumption Deterrence Act of 1998 which carries penalties of up to 25 years in a federal prison.

As in any criminal charges, it is crucial to have a capable defense lawyer in your corner such as the Orange County identity theft attorney at the firm who will work vigorously to protect your rights and achieve the most favorable outcome possible for your case. Contact the firm to set up a free, initial consultation about your situation today.

Facing charges of identity theft? Contact a Laguna Hills and Irvine identity theft lawyer today.