Internet crime is a blanket legal term, not a single offense, that describes a variety of different crimes that all involve use of the internet or computers. Some of these crimes can be prosecuted under California state law, while others must be prosecuted in federal court because they are under federal jurisdiction. Some types of internet crimes may be prosecuted in either state or federal.
California has enacted laws designed to protect the computers, computer system and computer networks of individuals, businesses and organizations. It is a crime for anyone to engage in any computer-related activity that impacts such functionality, use or confidentiality of these computer systems. However, just because an individual is charged, it does not mean that they are automatically guilty on the charges.
If you or someone you know has been charged with any type of internet crime, you should immediately consult with and hire an experienced Central Valley internet crimes defense attorney to protect your legal rights.
Who Can Be Charged with Cyber Crime?
You can be charged with a computer crime if you have access to a computer, computer system or computer network and such access alters, disrupts, deletes, destroys or changes any part of such systems. The specific type of crime that you can be charged with really depends on your purpose for engaging in the illegal access.
Prosecution of Cyber and Internet Crime
Federally charged internet computer crimes are prosecuted by the United States Attorney General. State cyber crimes are prosecuted by the District Attorney’s office in the county where the crime was committed. Regardless of whether you are charged with a state or federal internet crime, it is imperative that you immediately consult with and hire an experienced Central Valley internet crimes defense attorney to protect you legal rights.
Defenses to Cyber and Computer Crimes
In order for the prosecutor to convict you on computer or internet crime charges, they must prove that you “knowingly” engaged in the computer-related action. If you accidentally performed such an act, it may be difficult for the prosecution to establish the elements of the charged crime. Moreover, the prosecutor must prove that you acted without permission or authorization.
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.