A Ventura man faces identity theft charges after allegedly making purchases on a stolen credit card. The victim, a 92-year-old woman, suffered a medical emergency at a grocery store. Responders took the woman to the hospital for treatment.
The accused man was also being treated at the same hospital when the victim was admitted. Police allege that the man stole the woman’s credit card and used it at Camarillo businesses. Investigators used surveillance footage from the businesses to positively identify the suspect.
Ventura Identity Theft Lawyer
Identity crimes take a number of forms, but most often, the motivation for the crime is money. California law considers using someone’s credit card without permission identity theft. Posing as another person, regardless of the reason, could also lead to identity-related charges. When you face identity-related charges, you need the assistance of an experienced identity theft lawyer like Robert Helfend. Mr. Helfend takes identity theft cases in Ventura County and also throughout Southern California.
Prosecutors can charge identity crimes as a misdemeanor or a felony, depending upon the circumstances of the case. Federal prosecutors can also prosecute identity crimes. An experienced, aggressive criminal defense attorney will work to get the charges against you reduced or dropped.
Although the state doesn’t consider identity theft a violent felony, you must avoid all felony convictions in California. The state’s Three Strikes Law imposes additional penalties for repeat felony convictions. Subsequent felony convictions can result in sentences that exceed state guidelines. A third conviction for a violent crime could result in lifetime incarceration under this law.
It’s important to work with an aggressive, experienced criminal defense attorney. When you face charges of any kind, contact Robert Helfend or call toll-free at (800) 834-6434, (805) 273-5611, (310) 456-3317 or (818) 591-2809 for an immediate consultation on your Ventura County identity theft/antitrust case.
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