Computer fraud occurs when a scheme to defraud is perpetrated through the use of computers, sometimes by gaining illegal access to a computer, either at the terminal itself or through computer crimes such as computer hacking. Depending on the scope of the crime itself, some crimes of computer fraud can result in up to 10 years imprisonment. The severity of the punishment depends on the extent of the scheme and the amount of money that was obtained fraudulently, or the extent of the damage to the victims, whether it involved financing a financial institutions or was involved in tortious activities that violate the constitution. Also, offenders often receive more than one charge of fraud for a single crime, and also be charged at both state and federal levels. Without the best possible criminal defense, you stand the chance of receiving fines, jail time and a permanent criminal record.
Computer fraud is a federal offense and can often be charged with state offenses that relate to other aspects of the fraud scheme. This makes it important to have a criminal defense attorney who can protect your rights in both state and federal courts. Having a good understanding of both legal systems is the only way to successfully defend against computer fraud charges. In a case of computer fraud it is extremely likely that other charges are filed and prosecuted at a federal level. The illegal use of access devices – this refers to anything that uses an access device to facilitate the act of fraud, such as a computer – is a very common charge with computer fraud. Ultimately, what you end up getting charged with depends on the scope of the fraudulent scheme and what is involved.
Computer Fraud Defense
Like all white collar crimes, the successful defense of computer fraud depends mostly on the experience of the criminal defense lawyer. An experienced criminal attorney will be of great benefit to protecting their client’s rights especially during the initial phases of investigation. This can also lead to greater negotiating power, which means lessened charges or even dismissal before the charges go to court. If you are suspected of computer fraud, you should contact a criminal defense attorney as soon as possible to maximize your chances of avoiding conviction.
We Can Help
Our criminal defense attorneys are prepared to defend our clients against any charges of computer fraud. We will devote all of the firm’s resources to protecting your rights. Our criminal defense attorneys have experience in both federal and state courts and can provide a full defense against computer fraud or related charges no matter what law enforcement agencies or powers of prosecution have been brought against you. Computer fraud can become a very complex issue. Our criminal defense team is ready to devote the resources necessary to successfully defend against complex cases of fraud. We have dismissed cases of Identity Theft and Fraud before and know what it takes to win in both state and federal courts. If you are under investigation or have been charged with computer fraud contact our criminal defense attorneys as soon as possible to arrange a consultation.