Identity Theft

San Diego Identity Theft Attorney

Identity theft (Penal Code 530.5) can occur when a person:

  • Willfully obtains personal identifying information about another person and uses that information for any unlawful purpose.
  • Acquires or retains possession of the personal identifying information of another person with the intent to defraud.
  • Sells, transfers, or conveys the personal identifying information of another person with the intent to defraud.
  • Sells, transfers or conveys the personal identifying information of another person and knows that it will be used for an unlawful purpose.
  • Commits mail theft.
Identity Theft

The term “person” can refer to a living or deceased person as well as an organization, business, or association. “Personal identifying information” can include names, addresses, phone numbers, employment information, or banking information.

Identity theft can be a misdemeanor or felony. A misdemeanor conviction can result in up to a year in jail and a $1,000 fine. A felony conviction can result in up to three years in prison and up to a $10,000 fine.