Computers and other electronic devices that allow us to connect to the internet have become a staple in most of our lives. Unfortunately, because so many people are online at any given time, it has become easier for law enforcement agencies to prosecute people for internet crimes that they may not even have known that they were committing. This is largely due to the fact that a variety of different activities qualify as internet crimes and are aggressively prosecuted by a number of different agencies. To speak with an experienced white collar crime attorney about your own cybercrime charges, please call us today.
What Qualifies as an Internet Crime?
Internet crimes are defined as any offense committed via the internet or otherwise aided by computer technology. These offenses most often involve the unauthorized access to private information stored on a computer, online, or on an internet database. Protected information includes birth dates, Social Security Numbers, credit card numbers, trademark or copyright details, and name and contact information. Other offenses that qualify as cybercrime include:
- Accessing any computer, network, or electronic device when not authorized to do so;
- Destroying or damaging any computer, system, network, or electronic device;
- Committing internet fraud, which often involves sending emails that contain viruses that, when launched, allow the sender to gain access to the recipient’s data;
- Introducing computer contaminants;
- Committing identity theft, which occurs when someone uses a computer to obtain personal information about another and then steals his or her identity;
- Sending or possessing child pornography;
- Improperly accessing someone else’s computer system or network;
- Modifying, damaging, disclosing, copying, or using computer programs or data without authorization;
- Disrupting the ability to transmit data to or from an authorized user; and
- Engaging in audio or video surveillance of another person by accessing that individual’s computer or electronic device.
Those who are convicted of any of these offenses face felony charges, which are punishable by up to 30 years imprisonment.
Those who are accused of committing internet crimes may be able to raise a number of strong defenses, including that:
- They were authorized to access the confidential information in question;
- They were coerced into committing the crime;
- They are the victim of mistaken identity;
- They lacked knowledge that their actions were unlawful and did not intend to engage in fraud; and
- The evidence used against them was the result of an illegal search or seizure.
To learn more about these and other defenses to internet crime charges, please contact an experienced white collar crime attorney who is well-versed in both state and federal law.
Obtain the Services of a White Collar Crime Defense Lawyer
At Jeffrey S. Weiner, P.A., Criminal Defense Attorneys in Miami, our white collar crime legal team is skilled at providing strong representation to clients accused of a wide range of offenses. To learn more about how we can help, please call 305-670-9919 or send us an online message. Initial consultations are conducted free of charge, so please don’t hesitate to call or contact us online.