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Computer Crime Defense in Chicago

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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.

If you have been charged with a computer crime or are even under investigation, contact Pissetzky Law LLC today. Backed by more than a decade’s worth of legal experience and a proven history of case victories, our team of hard-hitting Chicago federal crimes attorneys can provide the aggressive legal counsel you need to minimize your chances of conviction.

If you have been charged with a federal computer crime, call (312) 883-9466 today to find out more about how we can help.

Tenaciously Defending Against All Computer Crime Charges

With technology advancing at an unprecedented rate, many states’ legislation related to computer crimes is outdated.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:

  1. Computer tampering: This may include gaining illegal access to computer, program, or data without the permission of the owner. Introducing a virus or other harmful program into a computer system may also be charged under this category.
  2. Aggravated computer tampering: Illegally manipulating a computer with the intended effect of disrupting or interfering with the operations or services of a government agency or creating a strong probability of death or bodily harm to others may be charged as aggravated computer tampering.
  3. Computer fraud: Any crime which involves the use of a computer to fraudulently obtain or deprive money, goods, or services from another party is considered computer fraud.

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.

Are computer crimes charged as misdemeanors or felonies in Illinois?

Under Illinois law, computer crimes can be charged as misdemeanors or felonies depending on the category the crime falls under. Some examples of what can be charged as a felony include accessing a computer and obtaining money or control of money illegally, accessing a computer with the purpose to scheme, deceive or defraud and deleting or destroying data with the purpose to scheme, deceive or defraud. The classification of the felony depends on the number of prior offenses and the value of the money, services or property obtained.

You Are Innocent Until Proven Guilty

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 Law LLC, our Chicago federal 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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  • Dropped All Charges after Motion USA v. Client O

    USA v. Client O - After a complex investigation into child pornography on the internet, federal agents obtained a search warrant to search O’s home and work computers. A forensic review of the devises seized revealed child pornography and O was charged with Possession and distribution of child pornography and altering a hard drive to obstructed the investigation. Mr. Pissetzky and his team used their own forensic expert to examine the computers and discovered that the Agent lied in his affidavit for the search warrants. After filing a motion to suppress the warrant, the government conceded and dropped all child pornography charges. O pled guilty to obstructing the investigation and received a sentence well below the guidelines.

  • Not Guilty Wrongfully Accused of Murder and Attempted Murder: Not Guilty
    MH had been wrongfully accused of murder and attempted murder. Mr. Pissetzky tried to explain to the State’s Attorneys that they had the wrong man, but it fell on deaf ears. Mr. Pissetzky then demanded trial , and after a week of relentless cross-examination, the jury returned a verdict of NOT GUILTY on all charges – NOT GUILTY of murder and NOT GUILTY of attempt murder – in less then two hours!!
  • Sentence Reduced Pissetzky Saves Defendant from Crack-Cocaine Drug Conspiracy and Other Drug Charges
    (USA v. SO (2010)) – In 2008, the DEA arrested SO for taking part in a large crack cocaine drug conspiracy. At the preliminary hearing, Mr. Pissetzky was able to demonstrate that SO was not involved in the overall conspiracy, and eventually SO was indicted on only two drug transactions he allegedly conducted. During plea negotiations, Mr. Pissetzky convinced the government to dismiss the actual drug charges, and SO pled guilty to a much lesser charge. SO was originally facing over 10 years in prison. At the sentencing hearing before Judge Zagel, Mr. Pissetzky convinced the Judge to sentence SO to time served (roughly 24 months).
  • Not Guilty Marijuana Trafficking Not Guilty
    People v. BR – NOT GUILTY verdict by a jury. BR was charged with Marijuana Trafficking over 1100LB. Mr. Pissetzky and another attorney tried the case to a jury. After a three day trial, the jury deliberated for less then two hours finding BR Not Guilty.
  • Not Guilty People v. GE
    Finding of Not Guilty! GE was charged with possession with intent to deliver a kilogram of heroine, a class X felony carrying a minimum of 15 years in prison. At trial, Mr. Pissetzky proved that the prosecutor did not have sufficient evidence to show that GE ever possessed the drugs.
  • Dismissed USA v. DD
    DD was charged with selling narcotics and was charged in Federal court in Chicago. Mr. Pissetzky was able to present to the prosecutor enough evidence to convince the prosecutor to dismiss all charges against DD.
  • Dismissed People v. AH
    AH was charged with possessions with intent to distribute a large amount of cocaine. Mr. Pissetzky litigation skills led to the dismissal of all charges against AH.
  • Case Dismissed Motion Granted, Case Dismissed
    People v. RMC – Chicago police officers received information that a 2 kilo cocaine deal was going to happen in a garage. They set up surveillance and saw RMC pull into the garage in car. When he walked out of the garage, the Chicago police officers arrested him. While the officers searched the garage and car, they found 2 kilos of cocaine in the car. Mr. Pissetzky and another attorney filed a Motion to Suppress the Arrest and Quash the evidence. After a highly contested hearing, the judge held that the Chicago Police officers violated RMC’s Constitutional rights under the 4th Amendment, and Granted the Motion. The prosecutor had no choice but to dismiss all charges against RMC.
  • Case Dimissed Motion to Suppress Heroin Granted
    People v. AP – After Chicago Police officers walked up to AP after he parked his car, they searched him and the car and found about 1/2 a kilo of Heroin. AP was arrested and charged with a Class X felony. Mr. Pissetzky and Mr. De Leon filed a Motion to Suppress Heroin and Quash AP’s arrest. During the hearing, Mr. Pissetzky proved to the judge that the officers lied and that they violated AP’s Fourth Amendment Rights. The judge granted the motion and the State’s Attorney had no choice but to dismiss the case.
  • Case Dismissed Motion Granted Case Dismissed
    People v. RW – RW was charged with a Class X Felony of Possession with Intent to Deliver Marijuana. Chicago Police Officers stopped RW after they saw him place 2 large UPS boxes in the trunk of his car. The officers believed that the boxes contained marijuana. After the stop, the officers searched the car and recovered the boxes. The boxes in fact contained a large amount of marijuana. Mr. Gal Pissetzky, along with co-counsel, filed a Motion to Quash Arrest and Suppress Evidence claiming that RW was illegally stopped and searched. During the hearing, Mr. Pissetzky cross examined the Chicago Police officers and proved to the judge that the officers acted illegally and violated RW’s Constitutional Rights under the Fourth Amendment. The judge granted the Motion and all charges against RW were dismissed.


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