False Impersonation Defense Attorneys in Los Angeles
If you are facing false impersonation charges in Los Angeles, you are undoubtedly concerned about your future, your freedom, and your reputation. It is imperative to retain legal representation to help you navigate the legal system and initiate the defense actions to help you seek to avoid the heavy penalties that will be imposed in a conviction.
Werksman Jackson & Quinn LLP in Los Angeles is known for legal excellence when defending the people we represent, and we have the track record to prove it. Our Los Angeles criminal defense lawyers frequently are asked to represent the accused in challenging criminal cases. We act with confidence in case preparation and presentation, with the goal of achieving a positive case outcome. Call us today at (213) 688-0460 to schedule a free consultation with one of our knowledgeable criminal defense attorneys to discuss changes of false impersonation.
False impersonation crimes share some similarities with other fraud charges, such as identity theft. If charged with false impersonation, the state will have to prove both that you falsely impersonated an individual (privately or officially) and that you committed another act that exposed the individual you impersonated to liability, while benefiting you in some manner.
For example, if you were stopped by a police officer and arrested for a DUI and, instead of offering your name, you provided the name of a friend, relative, or another person you know, this alone would not be considered false impersonation. You would have to commit another act, such as forging the other person’s name during the booking process.
For the prosecution to secure a conviction for a California Penal Code 529 false impersonation case, all the elements of this crime must be proven beyond a reasonable doubt. First, the prosecutor must prove that you privately or publicly impersonated someone and, second, that you engaged in an additional act that benefited you and caused liability for the individual impersonated.
If you are convicted of false impersonation under California Penal Code 529 as a misdemeanor, you may serve up to a year in county jail and, additionally, you may be fined up to $10,000. If you receive a felony conviction, you could spend up to 3 years in jail and, similarly, you may also be fined up to $10,000. You will also face felony probation and be prohibited from owning a firearm.
Were you charged with false impersonation? You should not resign yourself to defeat, especially with so much of your future and reputation on the line. Although every case is as unique as the people involved, there are a variety of defenses that could potentially secure a positive outcome in your case.
If the state cannot prove your intent or meet the burden of proof for each element of the criminal charge, you may be able to have the case dismissed, charges reduced, or achieve an acquittal at trial. If it can be established that your constitutional rights were violated to obtain evidence against you, your case could be dismissed. At Werksman Jackson & Quinn LLP in Los Angeles, when we take on a case, our criminal defense closely examines all the details of your case and identifies the best strategies and most effective defense approach for your case, with the goal of helping you put this terrible experience behind you.
Get started on your defense today and reach out to our law firm at (213) 688-0460 to discuss your false impersonation charges or any other white collar crime charges you may be facing. We provide free consultations and will fight diligently on your behalf to safeguard your future and reputation.
Recent Case Results
- Complete Dismissal of Molestation Charges
Attorney Mark Werksman’s 29 year old client was falsely accused of molesting two neighborhood children and was subsequently charged with felony child molestation, with a significant prison sentence hanging over his head should he be convicted. Instead, at the preliminary hearing Werksman was able to convince the court to grant his client a complete dismissal of any charges.
- Decision Set Aside
Client, a college student in a faulty Title IX case, was awarded $130,000 in attorney fees.
- Probation with No Jail Time for Drug Money Laundering Charge
Wilmington man accused in New York federal court of laundering drug money through the sale of laptop computers. Mark was able to get the case transferred to federal court in Los Angeles, where he convinced the United States Attorney to reduce the charges. His client was sentenced to probation with no jail time on a misdemeanor conviction.