Being charged with any type of crime is distressing. But there is something even more stressful about being charged with an internet crime. Internet crimes are criminal charges that take place in a virtual setting. It can be hard to wrap your mind around this type of criminal charge. Moreover, defending yourself against an internet crime may seem impossible if you don’t have a deep understanding of technology or how the internet works.
An experienced Central Valley internet crimes defense attorney can help you better understand the charges against you and also help you devise a successfully strategy to avoid a conviction that could result in harsh penalties.
Most Common Types of Internet Crimes
Below are the most common types of internet crimes in the Central Valley:
Cyberstalking and electronic harassment. Cyberstalking, also commonly referred to as electronic harassment or online harassment, is a different type of stalking crime pursuant to the California Penal Code. This crime involves harassing or threatening others to the degree that the individuals fear their own safety. Under California Penal Code § 646.9, cyberstalking can be done through any electronic device including:
- Text messages
- Fax machine
- Video message
Child pornography. California law defines child pornography as an individual knowingly sending, transporting, producing, possessing or duplicating any material depicting sexual conduct by a person who is younger than 18. Possession of child pornography is governed by California Penal Code § 311.11.
Online identity theft. Online identity theft involves any type of fraud over the internet, such as the unauthorized use of another person’s credit card or e-mail address. Online identity theft is governed by California Penal Code § 530.5.
Revenge pornography. Revenge porn, also referred to as “nonconsensual pornography,” is another internet crime governed under California Penal Code § 647(j)(4). A victim of revenge porn is initially aware of the recording, but never consents to it being shared with third parties. Distribution of nonconsensual porn is criminal under the law and constitutes revenge porn.
Call an Experienced Central Valley Internet Crimes Defense Attorney
If you or someone you know has been charged with an internet crime in the Central Valley, it is in your best interest to immediately consult with an experienced criminal defense attorney to help you learn your legal rights and options. You need an attorney who understands how the internet and the law intersect in order to devise the best defense strategy to avoid a conviction.
For more information or to schedule a complimentary consultation with Central Valley internet crime defense attorney Gurjit Srai, please call (209) 323-5558 or complete our online form.