West Palm Beach Internet Crime Attorney
The State of Florida takes cybercrimes very seriously. If you’ve been charged under Florida’s cybercrimes laws, there are a number of measures you will need to take in order to prepare your defense. Your first order of business will be to hire a skilled cybercrimes attorney.
The West Palm Beach internet crime attorneys at Skier Law Firm, P.A. can successfully manage your cybercrime defense, mitigate state penalties, or clear you of any charges. If the State of Florida charges you with a computer crime, give our office a call at (561) 820-1508or contact us online and we can begin discussing your options.
What Constitutes a “Cybercrime”?
The term “cybercrime” is a generic legal term that includes any criminal activity in which a computer or computer networks were used. You can find all the relevant laws in the Florida Statutes Chapter 815. The most obvious example of a cybercrime is hacking. Hacking involves the illegal access of a computer without the consent of the owner. In other words, it’s trespassing with a computer. Is it charged with the same level of severity as trespassing? No, it is not. In fact, many so-called “cybercrimes” have exaggerated penalties based simply on how they were perpetrated. In addition, since the term “cybercrime” is defined so vaguely, prosecutors have a tendency to throw the proverbial book at defendants. Then they whittle away the charges for which they have weak or little evidence to bully the defendant into accepting a bad plea. Meanwhile, this plea could result in serious jail time.
Different Kinds of Cybercrimes
There are, essentially, two kinds of cybercrimes: Those against a user and those against property. cybercrimes aimed at users include:
- Identity theft
- Solicitation of a minor
- Possession of child pornography
- Online harassment
Cybercrimes aimed at property include:
- Copyright infringement
- Data theft
- Credit card fraud
It is important to understand that many of the crimes have mandatory minimum sentences that judges may apply if you plead guilty or are found guilty. Cybercrimes can be charged as third, second, and even first-degree felonies.
Higher charges involve attempts to lure, defraud, or disrupt the operations of government agencies or medical centers.
Defending against Cybercrimes
The question often involves how the prosecution came about its information. The government has wide latitude to execute warrants against those it suspects of executing an attack from a computer. Nonetheless, hackers generally don’t carry out nefarious schemes from their home network. In fact, they use other people’s computers to carry out these schemes. Furthermore, they can harness the computing power of legions of computers without their users even being aware of it.
Sometimes, genuinely innocent people are charged with crimes that they did not commit simply because their computer has been hijacked.
Contact a West Palm Beach Cybercrime Attorney Today
If you’ve been charged with a cybercrime, the role of your criminal defense attorney is to force the prosecution to prove their case beyond a reasonable doubt. This means that they can’t simply railroad you based on an IP address or other specious “evidence”. If you’ve been charged, contact the cybercrime defense attorneys at the Skier Law Firm P.A. and we can begin analyzing the prosecution’s case against you.