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Criminal Defense Attorney

Computer Crime

When a computer is used in the commission of a crime in the state of Florida, the accused may be charged with a cybercrime. Though most of the laws and statues are relatively new, they are every bit as real and as serious as those that have been on the books for centuries. The most common computer-related crimes include email scams, cyber-stalking, identity theft, hacking, malware, phishing, and denial of service attacks. These crimes may be tried in federal or state court.

A conviction for online crime may result in fines, probation, jail time, or any combination of the three. Charges that involve child pornography or online child solicitation may not only result in all of the aforementioned, convicted felons may also be required to register as sexual offenders with the state. This information is readily available and accessible to the public and may make it difficult to secure employment or find a place to live.

Internet or cyber fraud is another common charge in Florida courts. It may involve scams, solicitations, or phony investments. Online identify theft and credit card fraud occurs when a hacker steals another person’s credit card information and uses it to complete one or more unauthorized transactions. The seriousness of the charges depends on the number and cost of the merchandise that was purchased and whether or not it was recovered by the authorities.

The state of Florida describes these crimes as “offenses against computer users,” and they may result in misdemeanor or felony convictions that involve fines, probation, and jail time. If you or someone you know has been charged with a computer-related crime, call Evan H. Baron & Associates today!

Although every case is different, the most common defense to a computer crime charge is authorization. That is, the defendant was given permission to use the owner’s computer. The accused or his attorney may also assert that he did not willfully or knowingly participate in the offense. In other words, he was tricked into committing a cyber crime.

To schedule a free initial consultation with one of our computer crime attorneys, please call (954) 385-9160 today!