As the world grows increasingly interconnected through computers, the number of people accused of committing internet-related crimes has also grown. These crimes are aggressively prosecuted and harshly punished, which is why it is imperative that you get in touch with a criminal defense attorney as soon as possible if you have been accused of a crime involving computers. If you are facing criminal charges, L. Patrick Mulligan & Associates, LLC is prepared to review your case, answer your questions, and inform you of your legal options.
Here’s what you should know about internet crimes:
- Cybercrime isn’t just hacking. Hacking is only one of the many different types of internet crimes that are punishable under state or federal law. Cybercrime can also include pirating (theft of copyrighted material), cyber stalking (online harassment), identity theft (stealing another person’s sensitive information for financial gain), creating and using malicious software to steal or damage sensitive data, and online child abuse (soliciting minors for sexual purposes or for the production of child pornography). All of these offenses can cost you your freedom and harm your future, and therefore require the guidance of an experienced criminal defense lawyer.
- Cybercrimes can be prosecuted at the federal level. Some computer crimes are so serious that they are punished by the federal government. Examples of federal internet crimes include serious data breaches, child pornography, and creating or using malware or ransomware. These crimes carry much harsher penalties than crimes charged at the state level.
- A cybercrime conviction carries hefty penalties. State and federal governments take internet offenses very seriously. Penalties vary widely depending on the crime, with fines ranging from a few hundred dollars to more than $100,000 for felony convictions, jail or prison time reaching up to 20 years or more, probation sentences, and/or restrictions on computer usage.
There are various defenses that an experienced attorney may apply to an internet crime case depending on the nature of the offense. In order for a prosecutor to be successful, they must prove that an individual knowingly committed the crime, and that they did so without authorization. Without these elements, it can be difficult for them to win their case.
L. Patrick Mulligan & Associates, LLC defends individuals accused of both state and federal crimes in Ohio. If you are seeking an attorney, we encourage you to speak with a Dayton criminal defense lawyer at our firm during a confidential initial consultation. Our response team is available 24/7 to offer you immediate assistance.