Two defendants face charges of identity theft following their arrests in Simi Valley. According to Simi Valley police, a witness saw both men checking car door handles in a neighborhood.
After responding to the call, police discovered two suspects matching the witness’s description. The officers found the men in possession of stolen items, including credit cards belonging to a number of people. Police arrested the men, residents of Moorpark and Simi Valley, and booked them into the Ventura County Jail. At trial, the judge sentenced the men to time served and ordered that they pay a fine.
Simi Valley Identity Theft Lawyer
Identity crimes are of particular interest to law enforcement because they usually connect to other crimes. When you face charges of identity theft, hire an experienced identity theft lawyer like Robert Helfend. Mr. Helfend has nearly 35 years of experience in criminal defense. In that time he has defended thousands of Californians accused of a wide variety of offenses. He takes cases in Ventura County and throughout Southern California.
Identity theft violates both federal and state laws. This means you could be tried in either court system. Depending on the circumstances of your case, you could be charged with either a misdemeanor or a felony. Misdemeanor identity theft could result in fines and a jail sentence of up to one year or both. Felony identity theft could lead to a prison sentence of up to three years, fines up to $10,000, or both.
Avoiding felony convictions in California is important. The state’s Three Strikes Law provides for enhanced penalties for people with a history of felony convictions. A third serious felony could put you in prison for life in California. Today, 3,000-4,000 non-violent felons are serving life sentences in California because of the Three Strikes Law.
Mr. Helfend will work aggressively to get the charges against you reduced or dropped. When that’s not possible, he will work toward the best possible outcome for your case. Don’t rely on inexperience, and don’t work with an overworked defender when your freedom is at stake.
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 case.
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