Defending Cyber Crime in Oklahoma
The Internet has become one of the most important components of daily living and because of its prevalence, laws are being set in place in order to police its use. While laws need to regularly adapt to the changing times, an individual’s constitutional and civil rights remain constant. Even those who are accused of committing a crime have inherent rights and it’s not uncommon for law enforcers to aggressively investigate offenses without much concern for the defendant’s rights.
There is an increase in the number of people who are convicted of cyber crimes in Tulsa and as the courts adopt a stricter stance on Internet offenses, it has become more important for anyone who is charged with or is facing a criminal investigation for these crimes to be represented by a defense lawyer who has the right qualifications and extensive experience in this field.
Acts that is considered as a cyber crime often includes activities that use the Internet for:
- Internet and/or computer fraud. A good example is an e-mail scam enticing an individual to pay a sizable amount in order to gain access to more funds like the “Nigerian Prince” modus operandi.
- Identity theft, phishing, DNS hijacking
- Online gambling
- Internet pornography, especially child pornography and peddling of photos and/or videos of minors
- Cyber stalking
- Soliciting sex with minors
- Gaining unauthorized access to personal files and data
- Spreading of Internet viruses
- Hacking and sabotaging computer software
Oklahoma’s statutes define cyber or Internet crime as criminal activity that is accomplished through the use of computers, the Internet and other communication technology devices and gadgets. The punishments for these offenses vary depending on these factors:
- The defendant’s criminal history
- Damage caused by the crime
- If the offense involved a minor
- Publicity surrounding the case
Penalties for cyber crimes can be harsh, even for defendants with no prior convictions. Anyone found guilty of these offenses may be punished with:
- Restitution to the victim
- Community service
It is up to the prosecutors to prove that a cyber crime was committed. Experienced defense lawyers are instrumental for a defendant to successfully prove otherwise. It is then in the best interest of the defendant to be represented by a lawyer throughout the course of the criminal investigation and the proceeding trial if charges are filed against them.
If you or someone you know is currently a subject of a criminal investigation, or is currently facing charges for cyber crimes, do not delay in getting in touch with our law firm. We will schedule an initial consultation for you with one of our highly qualified lawyers to get your defense started.