Internet crimes are relatively new since the Internet has only been around since the 1980’s. Since then, technology has come a long way and continues to move forward at a steady pace. It is estimated that as many as 95% of Americans utilize computers with access to the Internet. As technology has increased so has the incidence of Internet crimes. In many cases you may have been involved in an Internet crime that you didn’t realize you were committing. Illegal criminal activity over the Internet is more easily detected today and you will likely be caught if you engage in using the Internet for illegal purposes.

What are Internet Crimes?

There are many various activities that are considered Internet crimes. These crimes may range from fairly innocent to serious intentional acts. There is a wide list of crimes that are often considered Internet crimes including such things as:

  • Spamming
  • Phishing
  • Piracy
  • Hacking
  • Virus creation or distribution

Additionally, Internet crimes may be part of other, more serious crimes such as child pornography or fraud. Any Internet crime charge should be taken seriously. Depending on the nature of the crime it may be classified as a misdemeanor or felony and will carry penalties based on the crime.

Defending Internet Crimes

If you have been accused of Internet crimes you will fair best with the help of an attorney that is experienced in criminal law – particularly with knowledge of Internet crimes. A criminal defense attorney knows the latest laws and understands the legal system. Your attorney will be able to defend your rights no matter what the situation. Internet crimes are specific types of crimes that can be quite technical in nature. It is important that your attorney is familiar with the methods that are used to obtain information regarding the crime. For example, forensic computer analysts are able to extract information from a computer, even if it has been erased. Whether the information was obtained in a legal manner is just one of the issues your attorney will review when preparing your defense of these charges.

What Can I Expect If I’m Charged with Internet Crimes?

Internet crimes, like any other types of crimes, begin with charges and an arrest. Depending on the seriousness of the crime it may be charged as a misdemeanor or as a felony. The first step after an arrest is a hearing to formally charge you with a crime and to set bond. Your attorney will represent you at this initial hearing to try to reduce the charges and lower the bond. An experienced defense attorney will carefully review every detail of your case to provide you with the most successful defense to the charges against you. It is important to vigorously defend these types of charges as they carry penalties that may include jail time and fines. A conviction could negatively impact your ability to get a job. Your attorney will be available to guide you through the process and to answer any questions you may have along the way.