Computer crime, also known as “cybercrime,” is a broad category of white collar crimes which involve the use of a computer or the internet in their commission. While some computer crimes such as larceny or fraud are still illegal under both state and federal law even without the use of a computer, other illegal acts under this category can be unique to computers, such as hacking. Regardless of the type, any computer crime charge can carry serious consequences and must be handled by an experienced attorney in order to be successfully defended against.
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With technology advancing at an unprecedented rate, many states’ legislation related to computer crimes is outdated. In the state of Illinois, computer crimes are categorized into misdemeanors and felonies under the Illinois Computer Crime Prevention Law (ICCPL). Under ICCPL, computer crimes are broken down into three categories:
Other crimes which may be committed using a computer include cyberbullying or harassment, possessing or distributing child pornography, or computer-engineered hate crimes. Depending on the circumstances, a computer crime conviction can expose a defendant to major penalties such as exorbitant fines, prison time, loss of professional licenses, probation, and more.
Although our nation’s criminal justice system may revolve around the principle that a defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty, merely the suggestion that a person may have committed a computer crime can be enough to introduce doubts in the minds of the jury. At Pissetzky & Berliner, LLC, our Chicago criminal defense lawyers understand the severity of your situation and are prepared to stand by your side every step of the way during this difficult time. Having earned a 10.0 “Superb” Avvo Rating, multiple Super Lawyers® inclusions, and an extensive collection of 5-star client testimonials for our unmatched skill, we have what it takes to ensure you are treated with the respect and dignity you deserve.
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