Identity theft is a rising crime, not only in California but across the nation. As a result, police and prosecuting agencies are quick to arrest and prosecute individuals suspected of this offense. But identity theft encompasses a variety of conduct, not all of which should necessarily subject an offender to this serious type of fraud charges. A classic example is Vehicle Code 13004 VC California's law against unlawful acts with identification cards.
Vehicle Code 13004 VC California's law against unlawful acts with identification cards is a misdemeanor that only subjects you to six months in a county jail and a maximum $1,000 fine. While many “kids” violate this offense by posing as friends who are over 21 so that they can gain entrance to bars/nightclubs, many people violate this offense for more serious reasons. These may include posing as another person to cash that person's check, to avoid being arrested pursuant to a warrant, or to obtain other benefits that are due another person.
This is where having a savvy California criminal fraud defense attorney comes into play.
He/she knows the most effective ways to convince a prosecutor/judge to exercise leniency with his/her client. This type of lawyer can help persuade the prosecutor to charge a client with Vehicle Code 13004 VC California's law against unlawful acts with identification cards rather than identity theft…a crime which could subject an offender to up to 25 years in the state prison.
Plea bargaining for less serious charges should never be overlooked in any case…especially an identity theft case where the lesser charge of Vehicle Code 13004 VC could be charged in lieu of the more serious offense. Read our article about the penalties for identity theft in California.