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Computer-based crimes can lead to serious consequences

On Behalf of | Jul 4, 2018 | Criminal Defense

Criminal charges of any kind are a serious threat to your future, even if these crimes are based on internet or computer activities. If you are facing white collar crime charges for illegal activity committed with a computer, you would be wise to take your situation seriously and fight back. Florida readers would be wise not to underestimate the seriousness of their situation.

Computer crimes can include a wide variety of activities that are illegal, and often, these types of crimes can take place completely online. These cases are complex, and they can be difficult to prosecute. If you are facing these charges, you would be wise to have experienced legal guidance on your side.

Types of computer-based crime

Computer crime is a term used to describe any type of crime committed with the computer. In many cases, computer crimes relate to illegal financial activities and actions considered to be white collar crimes. Some common types of computer crimes include doing any of the following without permission of authorization:

  • Modifying computer programs or disclosing, copying or damaging programs
  • Using a computer to access sensitive information or databases
  • Intentionally introducing a computer virus into a system
  • Using computer encryption to assist in the commission of a crime
  • Altering or preventing someone else’s rightful access to a computer
  • Stealing information to use in illegal activities
  • Intentionally falsifying information related to the source of an email

Because of the nature of these types of crimes, it can be difficult to investigate these cases. In fact, the investigative stage can last for months as the government works to build a case against you. If you learn you are currently under investigation or believe that you could be soon, it is not too early to start working on your defense strategy. You have the right to defend yourself and work to mitigate the consequences of computer crime charges as soon as possible.

The strong defense you deserve

Computer crimes lack a violent element, and they can be difficult to prove. However, you have significant personal rights even though your freedom is on the line when facing these charges. Starting with a complete evaluation of your case and an explanation of your legal options, you can fight back and work to protect your future.

Using a computer in inappropriate ways can result in criminal charges that can alter the rest of your life, but you do not have to face these complex charges without support and knowledgeable guidance.