Computer and internet crimes, commonly known as “cybercrimes,” carry significant sentences that cannot be ignored. These offenses, classified as felonies, have no geographical boundaries on the internet, making it alarmingly easy to face both state and federal charges. When charged at the federal level, the combined resources of both state and federal authorities are utilized against you. Convictions for cybercrimes, especially those related to sex offenses, can have profoundly detrimental effects on personal and professional lives. That is why it is crucial to seek guidance from a Washington internet crime lawyer.
Now, let’s delve into some of the computer crimes that can result in federal charges:
- Unauthorized access of a computer
- Computer tampering
- Illegal downloading
- Cyber fraud
- Identity theft
- Unlawful duplication of software
- Launching malware and viruses
- Cyber terrorism
- Online stalking
An Overview of Internet Crimes
Computer Trespassing is a charge applicable when someone gains access to another person’s computer without permission, stealing valuable information such as credit card numbers or passwords, and electronically siphoning funds from banks and businesses. Motivations for this crime can range from financial gain to revenge, political agendas, or malicious intent.
Computer Tampering involves unauthorized manipulation of computer programs or operating networks, often exceeding system authorization. The severity of punishment varies depending on intent and the extent of the damage caused. A Washington PA DUI attorney can provide diligent assistance in fighting these charges.
Software Piracy encompasses making unauthorized copies of copyrighted software or duplicating software, resulting in charges of illegal software duplication. Actions such as counterfeiting, unbundling, softloading, and internet downloading fall under this category of unlawful duplication.
Copyright Infringement can lead to serious legal consequences. Sharing copyrighted materials without appropriate authorization, such as downloading copyrighted ebooks, movies, or music, distributing them through email or forums for free downloads, violates both state and federal laws. Federal convictions carry more severe penalties.
Online offenses involving computers and email include unauthorized use to deceive or disrupt others, such as accessing confidential information without permission and intentionally deleting data from specific systems.
It’s important to recognize that internet crimes violate both state and federal laws. However, federal convictions carry harsher penalties than state convictions. If you or someone you know faces charges related to internet crimes, protecting your rights promptly is paramount. Our skilled Washington PA criminal attorneys are here to help.
With expertise in litigation, we strive to build a strong defense to mitigate the consequences if a dismissal cannot be obtained. Our team is well-prepared to handle various internet criminal charges, including:
- Internet harassment
- Solicitation of a minor
- Fraud, and other internet crimes
Taking early and deliberate action in these cases is crucial. We emphasize the need for a robust defense strategy from the beginning. We urge you to contact us as soon as possible.
To schedule a free initial consultation and discuss your internet crime charges, including child pornography charges, with an experienced Washington PA criminal lawyer in the Washington area, reach out to us online or call (844) PITT-DUI.
For the definition and examples of internet crimes, please refer to the Pennsylvania Code, Title 204, Section 303.2.
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