A charge of fraud of over $5000 (Sec. 380  CCC) was filed against our client, who was 36 years old. In fact, our client had stolen his brother-in-law’s identity and had taken out a credit card in his name. Our client then used the card to gamble at a casino in the aim of paying off his debts. Our client immediately acknowledged the facts and wanted to avoid a prison sentence. Our firm requested the preparation of a pre-sentence report. The report concluded that our client had regrets and remorse regarding his actions and that his risk of recidivism was low.
Our firm reached an agreement with the prosecutor according to which our client would serve a 10-month sentence in the community followed by 18 months of probation.