Internet crimes have become much more rampant in the last decade due to advances in technology and more sophisticated cyber criminals. In response, state and federal laws have become more specific regarding the penalties for committing internet crimes. Today, suspects facing charges for fraud, identify theft, information warfare, online predators, or phishing scams can face decades of prison time and/or thousands of dollars in fines. Speak to our attorneys as soon as possible regarding your internet crime charges in Houston.
Are There Defenses for Internet Crime Charges?
One of the main priorities for the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is detecting computer intrusions. It is the FBI’s duty to find and stop counterterrorism and counterintelligence. The FBI has developed close relationships with national agencies to put an end to big and small internet crimes. Thus, if you are facing this kind of charge, you may be at risk of stiff penalties. You need help from experienced defense attorneys.
Internet criminal defense is a complex facet of law. The internet is a database with information recorded permanently. Therefore, the prosecution may easily have hard evidence regarding where the harm came from, who started it, and what damage it caused. Defense for these crimes must therefore center on disproving intent, proving you were not involved in the crime, or proving that you had a good faith belief in your right to access the data in question.
Internet crimes are highly varied, ranging from managing a child pornography site to a minor cyberbullying a classmate. The best way to learn of the potential defense theories for your particular case is to speak with our attorneys. Our highly qualified, non-judgmental team of lawyers has represented clients in a variety of internet crime cases with successful results. We want to help you defend your rights and protect your future.
Penalties for Internet Crimes
You do not have time to waste in contacting an attorney after being charged with an internet crime. Depending on the classification of the crime, you may be at risk of spending years in state prison, paying up to $10,000 in fines, and/or other penalties. If convicted of a felony, you will carry a permanent record, which can make it difficult to find employment. If police are charging your child with a cyber crime, he or she is at risk of life-changing criminal consequences.
Even a misdemeanor for computer hacking or malware may be punishable with up to six months in prison and/or fines of up to $1,000. Accessing a computer system without authorization, intentionally disrupting computer services, or misusing computer data are examples of internet crimes classified as either misdemeanors or felonies in Texas. Any crime committed with the help of computer networking technology may be an internet crime.
Hire Experienced Defense Attorneys in Houston
Don’t jeopardize your future by attempting to represent yourself in these cases – instead, count on trusted local defense attorneys. Our team has earned a reputation for our aggressive defense, knowledgeable counsel, and hard-hitting trial representation in Houston over the years. We have extensive trial experience, and have successfully defended our clients in even the most difficult criminal cases. We understand cyber crime and continue to develop our learning as this facet of law evolves. We have what it takes to represent you or your child in the criminal courts.
Whether you’re facing charges for white-collar internet crimes, identify theft, cyberbullying, or sexting, come to our firm. We have an impressive resource bank that gives us the ability to find the best defenses possible for each and every case. We’ll investigate your case, recommend what legal actions you should take, and stand by your side every step of the way. To learn more about your internet crime defense case, contact us today.