Credit Card Fraud in Aliso Viejo
Under California Penal Code Sections 484-502.9 (Credit Card Fraud Laws), the state of California criminalizes several activities related to access cards which include; debit cards, credit cards and account numbers related to these cards.
The activities related to these ‘access cards’ that may lead to forgery and fraud charges by the prosecutor include:
- Altering or making an access card
- Signing a fictitious name or cardholder’s name that doesn’t belong to you in order to use an access card
- Unauthorized use of another person’s access card (without their permission) with the intent to fraudulently obtain goods, services or money
- Stealing an access card or obtaining a forged or altered access card
- Keeping and continuously using an access card after finding out that it has already expired.
- If within a period of 6 consecutive months, the goods, services or money that are obtained through any of the above activities exceeds $950, then the prosecution can charge the arrested person with ‘grand theft’. The penalties for a successful conviction include;
- Up to 1-year in county jail or a fine of up to $1,000 for a misdemeanor charge or
- 16-months to 2 years in county jail and a fine of up to $10,000 for a felony charge
- Forgery charges with similar penalties to grand theft may also be brought against the arrested person
- For amounts less than $950 obtained through any of the above activities a lesser charge of ‘petty theft’ is likely to be the result. The penalties punishable for this crime will be for a misdemeanor charge and include; up to 6 months in county jail and a fine of up to $1,000
There are several possible strategies that can be used if you find that you or a loved one is charged with credit card fraud. What is most important is for you to have a competent and persuasive criminal defense attorney on your side.
Contact Johnson Criminal Law Group to defend you today.