California Penal Code 530.5(e) PC

PC 530.5e – Mail Theft

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PC 530.5e - Mail Theft

Postal Theft – Penal Code 530.5e

Along with the possibility of being charged with a Federal Crime, stealing mail is a state crime under California PC 530.5e mail theft.

Most items in your mailbox contain valuable information about you, including: name, address, numbers, financial documents, cards, checks, and more. If the mail of one person falls into the hands of another, this information could be used in a variety of fraud-related offenses.

Penal Code 530.5e mail theft is associated with the crime of identity theft in California Penal Code 530.5e mail theft, since it’s believed that stealing mail is an attempt to obtain someone else’s personal identification. They are often charged together.

Penalties for California Penal Code 530.5e Mail Theft

Mail theft under California Penal Code Section 530.5e is a misdemeanor offense that is punishable by:

  • Up to 1 year in county jail
  • $1,000 in fines

In addition, this offense could be charged by Federal prosecutors. If convicted in Federal Court, the penalties would be significantly more extensive.

What The State Has to Prove

In order to prove a defendant is guilty under California Penal Code Section 530.5e mail theft, the prosecution must prove the following elements:

  • That you stole or took mail from a mail box, other depository for mail, from a letter carrier, a post delivery vehicle, or from the post office;
  • That you used fraud or deception to obtain or attempt to obtain mail from one of these sources;
  • That you removed the contents of stolen mail with malicious intent;
  • That you destroyed or hid stolen mail; or
  • That you bought, received or unlawfully possessed stolen mail, knowing that it was stolen.

As this offense deals with the United States Postal Service and interstate commerce, the defendant could be prosecuted for California Penal Code 530.5e mail theft in Federal Court.

Potential Defenses for California Penal Code 530.5e

Accidental Mail Theft

It was an accident

Sometimes you may find mail or receive mail that you thought was yours but it belonged to someone else, and you inadvertently took it into your possession. In this instance, you may have a sound accidental defense.

Lack of malicious intent

If you took the mail, or found the mail with the intent on delivering it to the rightful owner, or returning it to the postal service, there is no criminal liability. The case lacks the element of intent with malice.

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