Identity Theft – California Penal Code Section 530.5

By: Wallin & Klarich

Identity theft in California consists of stealing an individual’s personal identifying information and using it for an unlawful purpose such as obtaining a financial gain or making a tangible purchase. Examples of personal information that can be stolen include Social Security numbers, credit card numbers, bank account numbers, and using someone else’s good credit to purchase a vehicle or other property.

California Penal Code Section 530.5(a) is the unauthorized use of personal identifying information of another person. This crime involves any person who willfully obtains personal identifying information of another individual and uses that information for any unlawful purpose, including obtaining, or attempting to obtain credit, goods, services, real property, or medical information without the consent of that person.

Consequences of theft crimes include jail or state prison time, probation, hefty fines, and full victim restitution resulting from the personal damage to the victim.

It is important to have an experienced and aggressive attorney on your side. If you or someone you love has been accused of an identity theft crime in California, contact the experienced Southern California criminal defense attorneys at Wallin & Klarich today at 1-888-280-6839 or visit to set up a consultation appointment. We will be there when you call.

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