Criminal Defense for Charges of Cyber Crime
The dominance of the internet in our daily lives has given rise to criminal activities surrounding these new technologies. Cyber crime is on the increase in Duval County. A recent study by Norton Symantec shows that hackers and internet predators have targeted Austin for illegal internet activities. It puts Austin in the top ten most venerable cites for computer crimes.
This has prompted a response in the State Legislature in the form of a number of new laws regarding cyber crime. House Bills 3746 and 2003 both deal with this issue. The state has established a Cyber Crimes Unit and the Police Department is constantly working on preventative measures that will restrict this type of crime without invading citizens’ rights to privacy.
Penal Code and Cyber Crimes
An Internet Crime is criminal activity carried out primarily through the use of the Internet. Internet Crimes in include:
- Cyber Bullying
- Cyber Harassment
- Cyber Stalking
- Internet Fraud
- Solicitation of a Minor
- Identity Theft
- Illegal Pornography
Chapter 33 of the Penal Code now defines cyber crime as:
- Online solicitation of a minor
- Online harassment
- Tampering with electronic voting results
People using the internet for child solicitation, child pornography and fraud will continue to increase as use of the internet increases and people put more and more of their personal information online. Some studies show that as many as one in seven children will be solicited for sex online within the next year.
You Can Have a Complaint Filed Against You Without Your Knowledge.
The Bureau of Justice Assistance has funded a partnership between the FBI and the Nation White Collar Crime Center to allow complaints to be filed against persons or organizations. This complaint doesn’t have to be from the actual victim, but can be from a third party.
From their website:
Filing a Complaint with the IC3:
The IC3 accepts online Internet crime complaints from either the actual victim or from a third party to the complainant…
We request that you provide the following information when filing a complaint:
- Your name
- Your mailing address
- Your telephone number
- The name, address, telephone number, and Web address, if available, of the individual or organization you believe defrauded you
- Specific details on how, why, and when you believe you were defrauded
- Any other relevant information you believe is necessary to support your complaint
Cyber Crimes Attorney
The penalties for cyber crime are serious and can range from a class A misdemeanor to a felony offense. Allegations of computer crimes are not always based on actual facts. If you find yourself facing accusations of any type of cyber crime you should protect your reputation by acquiring a criminal defense attorney. You can call The Dick Law firm or contact us online to schedule a free and confidential consultation.