Facing any type of criminal charge is a serious threat to your future. If convicted, you could face penalties that range from time behind bars to expensive fines to loss of your reputation. It's always in your interests to fight back against any type of allegation and seek to protect your future.
This is also true if the charges you are facing include cyber crimes. Computer-based crimes are quite serious, even if they take place over the internet and do not involve an element of violence. If you are under investigation for wrongdoing online or you are already facing formal charges, you will want to seek guidance regarding the optimal strategy for your defense.
Common types of computer crimes
Computer crimes take place in various ways, and they are often quite difficult to prove. It is not always easy to retrace a person's steps on the internet, and it can be complex to find the evidence necessary to prove criminal wrongdoing. Some of the most common types of computer crimes include the following:
- Using encryption in order to carry out a criminal act
- Modifying data, taking it, changing it or disclosing it without permission
- Taking programs off another computer without permission
- Stealing information or information service from a provider
- Intentionally introducing a virus onto a computer
- Using a computer to commit fraud in any way
These are the most common types of computer crimes, but it is not an exhaustive list. Cyberbullying, or using the internet to prey on minor children, is against the law, and it is often prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.
What to do if accused
While criminal activity is nothing new, computer crimes are still relatively new. This is a growing area, and there is still a lot of unknown regarding the prosecution and investigation of these types of crimes. What you are up against is serious, but that does not mean that a conviction or a guilty plea are your only options.
You would be wise to take immediate action to secure experienced defense counsel. There are both state and federal laws involved in computer crime cases, and having a California legal advocate who understands what you are facing could be beneficial for your future. An assessment of your case can allow you to clearly see how you should proceed with your defense from this point.