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New Jersey Internet Crimes Lawyers

November 3, 2020 Criminal Lawyers

What Is An Internet Crime?

An internet crime is one that is committed using the internet and computers. It is often referred to as a cyber crime. It typically involves a network and computer. However, it may also involve the use of a cell phone or tablet.

Internet crimes are punishable by law. The specific punishment will depend on the nature of the crime that is being committed. Internet crimes are becoming more common. They can also be hard to detect due to the fact that technology is becoming more advanced. Individuals, organizations, schools, banks, governments and hospitals are often targeted by people who commit internet crimes.

Examples of Internet Crimes

Internet crimes can range from simple to complex. Disrupting normal internet access is an example of a simple internet crime. Infiltrating the government is an example of a more complex crime. Here is a list of internet crimes.

Cyberbullying

Cyberbullying is the act of posting or sending hateful messages or photos to another person. It is most prevalent among teenagers and college students. However, older generations are also participating in cyberbullying.

Cyberterrorism

Cyberterrorism is used to incite panic and fear. It is a lot like any other form of terrorism. The only difference is that the terrorism is done online. Altering medical records is an example of cyberterrorism. This act can have devastating effects on a person.

Distribution of Child Pornography

Child pornography contains sexually explicit images of children. It can be difficult to track the source of child pornography because the internet allows you to be anonymous.

Identity Theft

Identity theft is perhaps the most common type of cyber crime. People typically steal a person’s information for financial gain. Phishing schemes are often used to steal people’s identity. This is when a person uses text messages or email to steal your personal information. People often get their credit card information and bank account information stolen.

Money Laundering

Criminals obtain money through an illegal activity and then move their money around. People move money from different bank accounts and businesses. The main goal of the money laundering is to hide the fact that the money was illegally obtained.

Ransomware

Ransomware is a type of malicious software. The software is installed by hackers. The hackers will typically target individuals. However, they may also target the local governments and hospitals. The hackers will gain access to a person’s information and hold it ransom until they pay it.

Defending Against Internet Crimes

Internet crimes may be prosecuted in federal court. You could spend several years in prison if you are convicted of an internet crime. In fact, the federal government has resources that will send you to jail for the rest of your life.

However, it is important to note that there is a presumption of innocence until you are proven guilty. The best thing that you can do if you are facing criminal charges is to hire an attorney. The following defenses can be used if you are convicted of an internet crime.

  • You are innocent of the crime that you have been accused of.
  • You are a victim of mistaken identity.
  • The evidence that was used against you was obtained through an illegal search.
  • Entrapment was used.
  • You did not know that you were part of an internet crime.

Penalties for Internet Crimes

Fines

The fines for internet crimes can vary greatly. It can be as small as $1,000 or high as $100,000.

Jail or Prison Time

You may be sentenced to jail or prison time if you are convicted of an internet crime. Child pornography, which is one of the most serious internet crimes, then you can spend up to 20 years in prison.

Probation

It is possible for you to be sentenced to probation in lieu of jail or prison time. The terms of your probation can vary. However, it typically lasts one year. You will be required to report to your probation officer, maintain a job and obey all of the laws.

Contact An Attorney

Internet crime charges can ruin your life. Even if you are not convicted, you may still have this stigma on your record. That is why you should call a New Jersey internet crime lawyer. We can fight to get the charges dropped so that you can return to your normal life.

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