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The Evolution of Internet Crimes

Accusations of internet crimes have serious consequences. These cases are prosecuted in state and federal courts. With less than 20 years of legal precedent, the laws governing commerce and communication over the internet remain consistently fluid, with new regulations, cases, and statutes (both state and federal) on a regular basis. In many cases, what was legal yesterday is illegal today.

Some common internet crimes include:

  • Fraud and gambling
  • Internet pharmacies
  • Illegal media distribution
  • Internet piracy
  • Copyright infringement
  • Pornography

Being charged with an internet crime can profoundly impact an individual's life, leaving them feeling overwhelmed and uncertain about their future. The rapidly evolving nature of internet crimes, such as hacking, identity theft, and online fraud, means that many people are unaware of the complexities and legal ramifications associated with these offenses.

The services of an internet crimes lawyer from Jeffrey S. Weiner, P.A. can help you get ahead of the challenges these unique charges can cause. Our experience navigating internet law can provide you with the expert legal representation and guidance you need. We will fight to protect your rights and develop a robust defense strategy tailored to your specific case, ensuring that you have the best possible chance of a favorable outcome in court.

The lawyers at Jeffrey S. Weiner, P.A., are available to counsel and provide you with over 50 years of legal experience. I’ve you’ve been charged with a legal crime, contact our Miami internet crimes attorney at (305) 985-6640.

The Expanse of Internet Crimes

There are several computer activities that individuals might unknowingly engage in that have recently become illegal, potentially leading to criminal charges:

  • Unauthorized Access to Networks: Accessing a secure network without permission, even accidentally, can be considered hacking.
  • Improper Use of Social Media Platforms: Engaging in activities like creating fake profiles, impersonation, or cyberbullying can result in criminal charges.
  • Downloading or Sharing Files Without Permission: Downloading or sharing copyrighted content, such as movies, music, or software, without proper authorization is considered illegal distribution or piracy.
  • Online Fundraising Scams: Participating in or unknowingly supporting fraudulent fundraising campaigns can lead to charges of fraud.
  • Unauthorized Software Installation: Installing and using software without appropriate licensing can lead to intellectual property violations.
  • Engaging in Phishing or Scamming Activities: Sending unsolicited emails that solicit personal information for fraudulent purposes is a serious offense.
  • Digital Identity Theft: Using someone else’s personal information online without their consent is a violation of privacy laws and constitutes identity theft.
  • Using Unsecured Networks: Accessing and transmitting sensitive information over unsecured networks can lead to charges if the data is intercepted and misused.
  • Unintentional Cyberstalking: Repeatedly sending messages or monitoring someone’s online activity without their consent can be considered harassment or stalking.
  • Violating Data Privacy Regulations: Collecting, storing, or sharing personal data without complying with data protection laws such as GDPR can result in severe penalties.
  • Cryptocurrency and Financial Crimes: Participating in illegal activities involving cryptocurrency, such as money laundering or unauthorized trading, can lead to financial crime charges.

 

There is a myriad of Internet-related crimes, including many newly-defined criminal crimes, often with enhanced penalties. Understanding the scope and implications of these activities is crucial for individuals and businesses alike to avoid inadvertent legal issues. At Jeffrey S. Weiner, P.A., our experienced attorneys can provide comprehensive guidance to ensure you remain compliant with the ever-changing landscape of internet laws.

Our lawyers can intervene immediately on behalf of clients facing crimes relating to the use of computers on the Internet. Even the use of the Internet to download motion pictures, images, audio, or video can result in criminal charges. On a daily basis, people are investigated and prosecuted by multiple international, federal, and state law enforcement agencies and task forces. Don't face these legal issues alone.

 

Possible Defenses for Internet Crime Accusations

When accused of an internet crime, it is crucial to have a robust defense strategy to challenge the prosecution's case and protect your rights. Various defenses can be leveraged depending on the specific circumstances of the charges. Here are some common defenses used in internet crime cases:

  • Lack of Intent: Many internet crimes require the prosecution to prove that the accused had the intent to commit the crime. Demonstrating that there was no malicious intent or that actions were accidental or unknowing can be a strong defense.
  • Unauthorized Access: In cases involving hacking or unauthorized network access, the defense might argue that the accused had authorization or legitimate access to the network. If the access was unintentional or due to a misunderstanding, this could also serve as a defense.
  • Identity Theft/Misidentification: It is not uncommon for someone’s personal information or digital identity to be used by another individual to commit crimes. Arguing that the crime was committed by someone else using the accused’s identity can be an effective defense.
  • Insufficient Evidence: The prosecution must prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. A defense strategy may involve highlighting gaps or inconsistencies in the evidence, demonstrating that the evidence presented is insufficient to support a conviction.
  • Entrapment: If law enforcement induced the accused to commit a crime they otherwise would not have committed, this can be argued as entrapment. This defense is particularly relevant in situations where undercover operations are involved.
  • Mistaken Belief: In some cases, the accused might genuinely believe that their actions were legal. For instance, if someone downloaded a file from a website they believed had the proper rights to distribute it, this mistaken belief can be part of a defense.
  • Violation of Rights: The defense can argue that the accused’s constitutional rights were violated during the investigation or arrest. Any evidence obtained through illegal searches, seizures, or without proper warrants might be inadmissible in court.

At Jeffrey S. Weiner, P.A., we understand the complexities of defending internet crime cases. Our attorneys will thoroughly investigate all aspects of your case, identify all possible defenses, and aggressively advocate on your behalf. We are committed to protecting your rights and achieving the best possible outcome.

Over Four Decades of Experience

Since 1974, Miami criminal trial attorney Jeffrey S. Weiner has been at the forefront of new defense strategies as they relate to the internet and so-called “computer crimes.” A respected and experienced criminal defense attorney, legal commentator, lecturer, and author, Jeffrey S. Weiner is frequently asked to assist his peers in identifying legal methodologies utilized by government prosecutors and agents.

Our firm represents clients throughout South Florida, the nation, and internationally.

We can assist you with criminal investigations and felony and misdemeanor charges related to internet and computer crimes, including:

  • Internet gambling (offshore and domestic)
  • Internet pharmacy operations (offshore and domestic)
  • Internet pornography
  • Child pornography (receipt, transmitting, etc.)
  • Copyright infringement
  • Illegal music and movie downloading and distribution

Call (305) 985-6640 to schedule a free consultation with our experienced Internet crime lawyers in Miami.

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  • Sentence Reduced Federal Crime

    Client was indicted on a conspiracy to defraud.

  • Case Dismissed Professional License Defense

    Client, a law student, was charged with criminal mischief and disorderly conduct.

  • Charges Reduced International Defense

    A United States citizen was arrested and charged with assault and battery in Spain.

  • Case Dismissed Fraud Crime

    Client was charged with title fraud and insurance fraud in different counties.

  • Sentence Reduced Federal Crime

    Client was indicted with conspiracy to commit money laundering and making a materially false statement to a federal agent.

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