Identity Theft - PC 530.5

Identity Theft is defined as the taking of another person's personal identifying information for use in an unlawful or fraudulent manner. Common examples include: 

  • Using someone else's credit card without their consent
  • Using someone else's social security number
  • Using someone else's name in order to escape liability for yourself

Identity Theft can be categorized as either a misdemeanor or a felony, depending on the circumstances and damage caused. As a misdemeanor, a conviction for Identity Theft may result in up to 1 year in county jail and a fine of up to $1,000. As a felony, a conviction may result in up to 3 years in county jail and a fine of up to $10,000.