Property crimes

Identity Theft

The lawyers at Ashbach Law Offices, LLC provide aggressive, strong defense for those charged with Identity Theft throughout Skagit, Snohomish, King and Whatcom Counties. Our goal is to aggressively protect you, your family and your interests from the prosecution, saving jail time, licenses, occupations and reputations. With offices in Marysville and Mill Creek, Washington, we are available to meet you discuss your case. We help good people in bad situations. Let us help you.

In General


RCW 9.35.020 states that no person may knowingly obtain, possess, use or transfer a means of identification or financial information of another person, living or dead, with the intent to commit, or to aid or abet, any crime. Each time a person uses a means of identification or financial information may be charged as its own separate crime. Additionally, if such financial information is used to obtain goods or services, a person using that information is also subject to theft or other possible criminal charges.

The identity theft statute does not apply to situations where one person uses another’s identification to misrepresent her or his age, such as minors using an older person’s ID for alcoholic purposes.

Identity Theft in the First Degree


If the total value of goods and/or services obtained by using another’s identification or financial information to commit, aid or abet a crime is over $1500, such action is punishable as a Class B Felony upon conviction.

Identity Theft in the Second Degree


If the total value of goods and/or services obtained by using another’s identification or financial information to commit, aid or abet a crime are less than $1500, the action is punishable as a Class C Felony upon conviction. However, when there is a series of offenses alleged that involve a single person’s identification, the total value of each offense can be aggregated to elevate several Second Degree offenses into a First Degree offense.

Ashbach Law Offices, LLC, aggressively represents clients throughout the Washington I-5 corridor, covering Skagit, Snohomish, King and Whatcom Counties. Regular courts of practice include, but are not limited to, Anacortes, Arlington, Bellevue, Bellingham, Blaine, Burlington, Edmonds, Everett, Issaquah, Lynnwood, Marysville, Monroe, Mount Vernon, Mountlake Terrance, Redmond, Seattle, Sedro Woolley and Shoreline.