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Understanding the Various Computer Crimes

The widespread use of the World Wide Web has created a brave new world of criminal law. Computer crimes are now commonplace on the Internet. It’s very difficult for victims to prevent the growing number of ingenious cyber crimes. In fact, cyber criminals and victims can live anywhere in the world. There’s literally no place to hide.

Types of Cyber Crimes

The number and types of computer crimes is steadily increasing. Computer networks and electronic accounts have made it possible to engage in traditional crimes wherever a computer and Internet connection are available.

In the United States, most cyber crimes represent a violation of federal law. Nevertheless, proving that a cyber crime has been committed can be quite difficult. The commission of a cyber crime can result in significant fines and time in jail. If you are arrested for any of the following cyber crimes, you will require the services of an experienced criminal law attorney:

Cyber Crimes Against Children

Cyber crimes against children carry severe penalties. It is not necessary for a cyber criminal to have physical contact with a child to be held accountable by the criminal justice system.

Specifically, it is illegal to initiate a sexual relationship with a minor child by luring them into chat rooms or other electronic means. Whether the contact results in a personal meeting or is conducted solely in cyberspace, the cyber criminal can be charged with child endangerment. Child endangerment is a serious felony that can lead to life imprisonment.

Cyber Stalking

Most every state has outlawed cyber stalking. Depending upon the state and the severity of the crime, cyber criminals can be charged with either a misdemeanor or felony. Cyber stalking is no less serious than physical stalking. It is illegal to harass or follow someone against their will. Uninvited email traffic or text messages can lead to criminal charges.

It is also illegal to spread personal or harmful information about another person through social websites or other electronic venues. Cyber stalking may result in fines, imprisonment or both.

Computer Attacks

Computer attacks with the assistance of viruses and other malware is a federal offense. Cyber criminals who attack personal or business computer systems can be sentenced to as many as 30 years in prison.

Identity Theft

Cyber criminals have turned to identity theft to steal money and make purchases by using stolen personal and financial information. These modern day criminals often employ phony websites and email advertising to gain access to social security, credit card and bank account numbers. Identity theft is a violation of federal law and can land a cyber criminal in prison for up to 15 years.

If you have been arrested for committing a cyber crime, you will require the expertise and representation of an experienced criminal law attorney. Each and every electronic crime is unique and difficult to prove. A criminal defense lawyer knows how to negotiate the brave new world of cyber crime and the inevitable technicalities associated with such cases. The number of new laws and enhanced penalties designed to punish cyber criminals is continually expanding.

This article was provided by the legal professionals at the Law Office of Henry Nguyen. Henry knows how important it is to obtain an experienced legal defense against criminal charges. He carefully inspects all elements of the case to provide the best possible defense against all computer and fraud crimes.

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