The Internet has brought much to humanity in terms of increased economic prosperity and opportunity, as well as greater access to information. Likewise, the criminal element of society has found their share of opportunities online—now using computers to achieve their goals.
Law enforcement has poured seemingly endless resources into the prevention and arrest of computer crimes, yet criminals remain a step ahead of the authorities in many areas. In spite of this, law enforcement has successfully carried out many operations designed to curb criminal activities with respect to child pornography, credit card fraud, and more.
Computer crimes, often referred to as cybercrimes or Internet crimes include any offenses that involve a computer or network of computers. Many of these offenses are federal crimes or felonies; all can result in severe consequences including imprisonment and monetary fines.
Some common examples include, but are not limited to, the following:
The investigation of computer crimes has seen great progress in recent years. However, law enforcement still has a long road to travel before becoming truly effective. Legislation often lags behind real-time issues related to computer crime, and law enforcement may be left unable to act in the face of a crime. Adversely, many operations are carried out hastily, which can result in the unethical collection of evidence. Other mistakes are commonly overlooked by attorneys who may not be familiar with computer crime laws. This is why it is so important to consult an attorney from our firm who has experience in the areas that apply to your case.
Okabe & Haushalter is well-versed in computer crimes and has defended many clients against charges of various related charges. These are serious charges that can leave you facing lengthy prison terms, significant financial penalties and other restrictions upon release. By working closely with our clients and exhaustively researching any arrest-related documentation, we can establish a strong defense that will target out-of-date legislation, mistakes in evidence collection, arrest or prosecution, and more. Our number one priority is to see your case to a favorable result; we will do everything in our legal power to see that happen.
If you have been charged with a computer crime, contact Okabe & Haushalter today!