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June 22, 2016 Personal Injury


Impersonation, commonly known as false personation is a crime in Los Angeles. One is said to perform this crime when: they falsely pretend to be someone else either in their private or public capacity and perform such acts that would warrant the person being impersonated being held liable for prosecution, lawsuit or become obliged to pay money, or that which might benefit you.

Penalties for False Representation

Los Angeles false impersonation is known as a wobbler. The prosecutor is at liberty to charge you either for felony or misdemeanor. The decision of the prosecutor will derive its base from the precise nature of the said allegations, and or the defendant’s criminal history.

In the case of demeanor, false personation has the following penalties: one year in jail, $10,000 fine and or a misdemeanor summary probation. For a felony, potential penalties are formal probation, two or three years in prison, and or a fine not exceeding $10,000. Persons convicted of false personation are not allowed to own or hold firearms.

Legal Defenses

In case you are charged with false personation in Los Angeles, an experienced attorney specializing in fraud crime can help. The attorney will evaluate your situation and give the legal advice on whether these defenses can be applicable in your case. These defenses are:

1. You did not commit an additional act.

The requirement that an accused person commits another addition act- that is beyond his or her falsely introducing himself as another party is an important matter in the penal code. The additional action must be entirely distinct from that where you present yourself as another party. Example, showing an identification card or documents of the person you are impersonating does not amount to an additional act.

2. You did not benefit directly or indirectly from the impersonation.

Committing a new act does not automatically make a person guilty of impersonation. The further act should either: create a financial or legal liability for the party being impersonated or create an unwarranted benefit to you.

3. You were accused falsely and mistakenly identified.

Outright innocence is the best defense. Charges will be dismissed if you and your attorney can gather sufficient evidence to prove that someone falsely accused you, or that you are a victim of faulty identity. An example is where you get someone impersonating another, you reprimand him and promise to report, but before you do it, he goes ahead and reports you as the culprit. Different scenarios exist where a person may be accused falsely-our criminal defense lawyers have the requisite knowledge and skills about these matters.


You should be aware that false impersonation is a far-reaching criminal offense carrying severe legal consequences, it is, and therefore, important that you consult an experienced Los Angeles Criminal Defense lawyer immediately you are charged. Such an attorney should appreciate false impersonation charges result from temporary judgment lapse and should, therefore, strive to ensure that the client gets the best legal representation possible.

Under California Penal Code Section 236, false imprisonment is defined as intentionally detaining another person who does not wish to be detained and not allowing them to leave, without any legal right to do so. The offense interferes with the individual liberty of another, and is a civil wrong. Dependent on the amount of force, intimidation, fraud, or deceit involved in the act, the crime can be charged as either a misdemeanor or a felony.

Anyone facing False Imprisonment charges should immediately seek the help of a qualified professional who can oversee the investigation into your case, as well as educate you on what options you may have and assist you in making serious, life-altering decisions that will likely follow soon after your arrest.

Penalties for False Imprisonment

False Imprisonment charges are a serious accusation that can result in devastating and long-lasting consequences. Seeking counsel early from a Criminal Defense firm with extensive experience handling cases involving False Imprisonment is crucial if a proper defense is to be achieved.

If you have been charged with or are currently being investigated in State Court for False Imprisonment, the most helpful thing you can do for your defense is consult without delay with a qualified False Imprisonment Criminal Defense Attorney who is not only knowledgeable, but also experienced at handling these types of cases. A misdemeanor charge for False Imprisonment holds a maximum penalty of one year in county jail and hefty fines, however, False Imprisonment as a felony charge holds a penalty of a potential prison sentence. It is our experience that the longer one waits to seek professional counsel, the greater potential for a serious problem.

How a False Imprisonment Criminal Defense Attorney Can Help You

At our firm, our lawyers have years of combined experience representing clients similar to you, so we know how imperative it is to approach your defense as aggressively, directly, and as quickly as possible. Certain urgent decisions will be made early on in the investigative process, including how your individual case will be filed and what charges will be brought against you, so early intervention on our part is necessary to create the best defense possible, and possibly even get the charges against you reduced or dismissed before your first scheduled court date.

We understand that the serious accusations against you come with heavy burdens and the potential for severe punishment. We will work exhaustively to explain to you the legal options available to you, to defend your rights, and to successfully fight the charges that have been brought against you.

Contact Our Los Angeles False Imprisonment Criminal Defense Firm Today

Please don’t wait to seek advice from a less qualified and less experienced law firm. Call our firm today to set up your free consultation so we can begin reviewing the specifics of your individual case in order to provide you with guidance on how to best proceed with your defense. Let us offer you our support and undivided attention as we help you navigate through the State Court system during this difficult and unfortunate experience.



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