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What is Identity Theft?

Identity theft is when someone steals someone’s personal identifying information to use unlawfully. Identity theft is usually in combination with other fraudulent crimes such as:

  • Credit card theft
  • Check fraud
  • Insurance fraud
  • Prescription Drug fraud
  • Health Care fraud

Identity theft has some highly motivating factors such as:

  • Obtain financial gain or benefits
  • Cause someone to suffer financial or emotional loss
  • To escape criminal liability by “becoming” a different person

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Penalties for Identity Theft

Identity theft is a wobbler, meaning it can be charged as a misdemeanor or a felony depending on the facts of the cs and the defendant’s criminal history. With identity theft, each time the defendant uses someone else’s identifying information unlawfully, it is a separate violation.
The penalties as a misdemeanor include:

  • Imprisonment
  • A maximum fine of $1,000

The penalties as a felony include:

  • Imprisonment
  • A maximum fine of $10,000
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Legal Defenses for Identity Theft

If you had someone else’s identifying information but didn’t use it, then you can’t be charged with identity theft.

False accusations are common out of jealousy, anger, or other reasons. It’s not uncommon for people to get falsely accused of identity theft.

Mistaken identity is very common in these cases. Perhaps you were in the wrong place at the wrong time, drove a similar car as the person who committed identity theft, or looked like the person who committed identity theft. An experienced lawyer knows how to get to the truth.

Have you been legally accused of committing identity fraud? If you have been arrested or charged with a crime, it is essential to obtain legal council for help. It’s important to take your charges seriously. Don’t just hope for the best. Hire an attorney who understands your situation and the consequences you face.

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Your Defense Attorney for Identity Theft Charges

I’m Mark A. Broughton and I’m here to fight for you. I have been a defense Attorney for 40+ years and have represented thousands of people accused of crimes. I have extensive experience representing citizens charged with White Collar Crimes such as Credit Card FraudEmbezzlementMortgage Fraud, and Prescription Drug Fraud, to name a few.

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Your Defense Attorney for Identity Theft Charges

I’m Mark A. Broughton and I’m here to fight for you. I have been a defense Attorney for 40+ years and have represented thousands of people accused of crimes. I have extensive experience representing citizens charged with White Collar Crimes such as Credit Card FraudEmbezzlementMortgage Fraud, and Prescription Drug Fraud, to name a few.

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About Mark Broughton:

Compassionate, highly experienced, exceptional reputation, ethical and honest:

Mark Broughton has been practicing law for over 40 years. He estimates that he has conducted over 200 jury trials – everything from DUIs, drug cases, sex cases, domestic violence, assaults, “three-strikes,” dozens of cases involving criminal street gangs, gun/deadly weapons, drive-by shootings, robberies, attempted murders, and murders, including special circumstance murder cases.

He has received many outright Not Guilty verdicts for his clients in all of these types of cases, including several murder cases – at one time between 2005-2007, the jury found his clients Not Guilty in four separate cases in a row.

Mark Broughton is qualified as a death penalty lawyer and is on the special circumstances/death penalty panel of attorneys in Fresno, California, where he is regularly appointed to special circumstances/death penalty murder cases by the Fresno County Superior Court.

Other Qualifications:
  • Certified Specialist Criminal Law, State Bar of California
  • Board of Trustees, State Bar of California
  • Chairman, Fresno County Bar Association, Criminal Law Section

Mark Broughton enjoys close relationships with his clients.  He sees every individual’s situation with compassion and empathy and believes that every person has the right to a fair trial and is innocent until proven guilty.

Above all, he enjoys helping reunite his clients and their families during and after dealing with perhaps the most difficult time in their lives, going through the challenging criminal process with them.

Practice Areas

  • Federal Crime 40%
  • White Collar Crime 20%
  • Violent Crime 20%
  • Criminal Defense 10%
  • Sex Crimes 10%

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