Identity Theft Lawyers in Santa Ana, California
We Fight For Your Rights Against The Theft Of Your Identity
Every time you engage in a financial transaction, provide anyone with personal data, visit a website, open an email, or even use your laptop, there is the risk that someone is out there trying to steal your personal information for wrongful gain. We have to go about our lives, but we do so with the inevitable risk that we might become the victims of identity theft.
When someone uses your information or assumes your identity, it can wrongfully benefit them and cause significant harm to you and your financial situation. Identity theft is not only morally wrong, but it is a criminal offense. The criminal justice system is not enough to resolve the mess that identity theft leaves in its wake, so you need a law firm that knows how to protect you from liability and future issues following this type of experience.
The California identity theft lawyers at Hess & Nghiem stand up for victims of identity theft and financial harm. We know how to help you put the pieces back together and exercise your rights under the law. Contact our office directly to learn how we can help.
What is Identity Theft?
Many people become victims of identity theft before they even realize they were at risk. Identity theft is a criminal offense under California Penal Code 530.5 that involves misappropriating someone else’s personal information and using it for an unlawful purpose. Personal information can include:
- Social Security number
- Phone numbers
- Driver’s license information
- Passport information
- Financial account numbers
- Usernames or passwords
Once someone has your information, using it for an unlawful purpose can include obtaining or attempting to obtain:
- Credit or loans
- Real property
- Medical information
Personal information might also be used to commit another crime or to avoid prosecution for a crime.
Identity theft can unfold in many different ways, such as:
- Obtaining your credit card or credit card number and using to make false purchases
- Using your information on a credit card or auto loan application
- Giving your identifying information to a police officer so a citation would be in your name
- Creating false accounts in your name, including financial accounts and social media profiles
- Obtaining medical services and filing insurance claims against your policy
No matter how identity theft occurs or the goals of the thief, it can leave victims with a huge and costly mess.
Harm to Consumers from Identity Theft
The California Department of Justice and Attorney General’s Office reports that about 12.7 million adults in the United States were the victims of identity theft in a single year. This includes 1.5 million adults in California alone. Anyone can be the victim of identity theft, including business owners, hard-working adults, senior adults, wealthy celebrities, and even children. Thieves use different scams and tactics to target different demographics.
Identity theft is a costly offense, and California DOJ reported that individuals and businesses lost about $16 million in one year due to this type of fraud. Identity theft can wreak havoc on your finances and reputation, including:
- Reducing your credit score
- Draining your bank accounts
- Lawsuits filed against you by businesses or creditors
- Creating a criminal record in your name
Many people do not know they have been victimized until significant damage has been done. While California consumer laws provide protections for victims of identity theft, you might spend hours trying to sort everything out, and it can take months or years to get your finances back on track. It is important to seek help from an identity theft lawyer in California who knows how to protect your rights and help you overcome the damage you incurred from identity theft.
Your Rights as an Identity Theft Victim in California
Some identity thieves are never caught and, even if they are arrested and charged, the criminal courts are focused on punishing the offender and less so on compensating the victim. While the criminal court might order the offender to pay restitution, the amount often pales in comparison to the time and money you lose as a victim, and you might not see a dime if the offender fails to pay.
Fortunately, the experienced attorneys at Hess & Nghiem know how to help identity theft victims recover for all of their losses. We can help in several ways, including the following.
Stopping the Attack on Your Life
We know how to stop identity theft from continuing to ruin your finances and impact other aspects of your life. We can help communicate with the credit bureaus and your creditors, defend against current lawsuits, and much more. The sooner we can stop the damage, the less work there will be ahead of you. You also have a duty to mitigate the damage if you plan to file a legal claim against the offenders, so taking all necessary steps is time-consuming yet critical.
Identity Theft Litigation
Even if you are in communication with your creditors, debt collectors, banks, and other entities, there can be damage from identity theft that you cannot repair without further legal action. The law gives you the right to file a claim in civil court against the responsible parties. This might include claims against the identity thieves themselves or a company that allowed your personal information to be compromised.
The litigation process is complex, and you will need to present many types of evidence of identity theft. Our attorneys understand what this type of case entails, and we will take all steps necessary to obtain full compensation for your losses.
What can we do for you?
Hess & Nghiem can help protect you from the ruin of identity theft.
Stop the attack
- We know how to stop identity theft from continuing in your life.
Around the clock assistance
- Hess & Nghiem’s attorneys and legal team can help you address your identity theft problems any time of day.
Identity theft litigation
- Hess & Nghiem will take parties involved in your identity theft to court to fight for the proper compensation for the damage they have done to your life.
Contact Our Santa Ana Identity Theft Lawyers Right Away
At the law firm of Hess & Nghiem, we know that no one wants to deal with the aftermath of costly identity theft. However, it is important to take swift action to minimize the damage and recover for your losses. Our California identity theft attorneys are here to provide around the clock assistance for people concerned about identity theft and its effects. Contact us online or call (657) 333-5726 at any time for more information about your rights and options.
When someone assumes your identity in order to benefit themselves, you are a victim of criminal activity. You need a law firm that knows the laws that can protect you from the liability and exposure that identity theft subjects you to. Santa Ana-based Hess & Nghiem is a law firm that has the experience necessary to protect you from the damage of having your identity stolen. You don’t have the time to allow an inexperienced firm to toy with your situation. Your answers are with Hess & Nghiem.