What is a Computer Crime?
A computer crime is any offense committed using a computer. It may involve stealing information from another person’s computer or from a business (hacking), sending a virus purposefully to someone, sending pornography, copyright piracy (illegally downloading music or movies), identity theft, cyber-bullying and sexting.
Computer crimes can be charged as misdemeanors or felonies. A misdemeanor might include accessing a computer without authorization or using email to abuse or threaten someone. Felonies include sexually exploiting someone by sending pornographic or explicit photos by email or posting them online without that person’s permission or for money.
Penalties for Computer Crimes
Penalties for misdemeanor computer crimes include 30 days in jail and a fine of up to $5,000. Most computer crimes are felonies, and that would mean a fine of up to $100,000 and a prison term of up to 10 years. You could also be sued in civil court.
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The team at the Edge Law Firm is ready to help. They will listen carefully to understand the circumstances of your case, and then guide you through the legal process. With professional help, you can get through these charges and get on with your life.