Identity theft crimes take place when somebody uses another person’s identifying information behind their back, usually to gain access to their finances. For instance, somebody may steal a social security number to apply for credit in that person’s name. This is a very serious type of theft and nearly 9 million Americans fall victim to it every single year!
Being falsely accused of a crime, however, is one of the worst things that you could experience in your entire life. You know that you have not committed the crime and yet you are facing very real consequences that could have a drastic impact on the rest of your life. In California, you could spend years in prison as well as pay thousands in fines for your offense if you have been accused of identity theft. You may also be sentenced to probation, which will set conditions that you must abide by.
When Identity Theft Occurs by Accident
Sometimes, accusations are made against people even if they did not intent to break the law. For instance, your credit history may not be so good so a friend suggests that you apply for credit in their name. This is breaking the law even if they gave you permission to move forward. There are some instances in which you may also gain somebody’s personal information by accident, such as when personal mail has been delivered to your house. If this occurs, you must speak to a criminal defense attorney on how to move forward.
When You Have Been Falsely Accused
If you have been falsely accused of identity theft, of course the first thing you should do is call us to speak with us about your options. You should also work on gathering information and evidence relating to the crime, including mail that came to the wrong address or text messages with another party. Sometimes you may have witnesses that can testify about the case and what actually happened, or how you had nothing to do with the crime. Remember these steps if you decide to move forward with your case to get better results. Nobody wants to be falsely accused of a crime. Call us today for more.