It is often said that something can be used for both good and for bad. Law enforcement has found that computers and electronics are capable of doing much good for the community but can also be the target or setting for criminal activity. With a world that has placed much of its dependence in the latest computer technology, cyberspace has become a prime setting for crime and criminal prosecution.
Computer crimes are a broad category of unlawful or criminal activities that take place on the internet, a computer or another device that has connection to the World Wide Web. One large category of computer crimes involves sexual offenses through the internet. Internet sex crimes may be the most often discussed computer crime but they are certainly not the only actions that may constitute criminal charges. Computer and internet crime takes place in many settings and take many forms but one thing remains true: defendants face serious punishments if convicted of federal computer crimes.
Given the plethora of things that one can do on the internet and through computers, there is an abundance of criminal activity that can potentially take place on the internet. Federal offenses include fraud, which encompasses any activity on the internet that includes intentional deception for the purpose of personal illegal gain. Computer hacking is also a great area of concern because it gives people unlawful access to the personal and business information of others.
Many computer crime charges are coupled with other white-collar offenses such as embezzlement and identity theft because in the commission of those crimes, the defendant allegedly utilized the internet as a tool to obtain unlawful gain. Depending on the type of crime, an individual may be facing felony charges including up to 20 years in prison.
If you have been arrested for computer crime and you are facing federal criminal charges, you need to obtain legal representation as soon as possible. At Garretson & Toth, LLC our experienced Johnson County federal criminal defense attorneys fight aggressively to defend our clients against whatever charges they are facing, including computer crimes.
Contact our firm today to discuss your situation with a member of our legal team and learn how we can work together to fight your charges.