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Internet Hacking and Computer Crimes

Nassau County criminal attorneys who understand cyberspace laws

Internet hacking and computer fraud are among the fastest-growing crimes around the world. As more parts of our personal and business lives move online, law enforcement agencies have begun to treat these crimes more seriously and severely. In fact, when a crime occurs online, both the U.S. federal government and international agencies may ultimately become involved in the investigation.

If you face charges stemming from Internet hacking or other instances of cybercrime, you need to retain legal counsel who understands cyberspace and the laws surrounding online activity. You need the Nassau County criminal attorneys at Collins Gann McCloskey & Barry PLLC.

Types of computer-based offenses

In the simplest terms, cybercrime refers to accessing files on a computer without proper authorization. This extremely broad definition can manifest itself in countless ways:

  • Distributing copyrighted information electronically
  • Conducting illegal or fraudulent business activities online
  • Breaking into a computer to obtain information fraudulently
  • Using an outdated access code to gain entry to information from a former employer
  • Packet sniffing
  • Spreading computer viruses or malware
  • Obtaining and saving an illegal photo
  • Reprinting copyrighted material without obtaining permission or paying for the necessary rights
  • Cyberstalking

Considerations when defending charges of cybercrime

Sentencing for any type of cybercrime tends to be severe, because courts often wish to make examples of individuals who commit crimes over the Internet. And since the Internet knows no state boundaries, most cybercrime charges end up being filed and prosecuted in federal courts. The FBI runs countless sting operations every year in order to round up as many cybercriminals as possible.

In order to defend yourself against a cybercrime charge, you must retain an attorney who understands both computer technology and the laws surrounding it. For example, if your case involves the retention of illegal photographs on your computer, you need an attorney who understands that your browser cache settings may be the real culprit.

You also need to make sure your attorney can explain the technical elements of your case clearly and effectively, since many judges and juries are not computer-savvy enough to understand the technical ins and outs of cybercrimes.

At Collins Gann McCloskey & Barry PLLC, our attorneys understand cybercrime from both technical and legal perspectives. If you face charges of cybercrime, contact us today to schedule a free consultation regarding your case.

Renowned Nassau County criminal attorneys battling cybercrime charges

At Collins Gann McCloskey & Barry PLLC, our attorneys possess years of experience defending clients from a wide variety of criminal charges, including Internet fraud and other cybercrimes. Contact us online or at 516-294-0300 today.

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