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Computer Crime Defense in Chicago


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.

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With technology advancing at an unprecedented rate, many states’ legislation related to computer crimes is outdated.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

  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.

Accused of a federal computer crime? Your freedom may be in jeopardy. Contact us online today to discuss your legal options.


  • Case Dismissed Case Dismissed After State Refuses to Cooperate
    People v. IP (2014) Mr. IP was arrested for possession of a large amount of a controlled substance after Chicago police executed a search warrant. Arguing that the information in the search warrant was fabricated, Mr. Pissetzky filed a Motion to Produce Informant. Against the odds, the judge granted the motion and ordered the State to produce the informant. When the State failed to do so, the judge dismissed the case.
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    Not Guilty of All Charges

    People v. LG – Not Guilty of a Class X felony Possession with intent to deliver marijuana and cocaine. Although the chicago police had a search warrant to search a home where they found large amounts of marijuana and cocaine, as well as an identification card and other proof of residency for LG, the judge found LG NOT GUILTY of all charges.

  • Sentenced Reduced Client Facing 40 Years Gets 4 Months Instead
    Chicago criminal defense attorney Gal Pissetzky argues for a light sentence and wins! Mr. BC was charged with a large drug conspiracy in a federal court case. He was personally responsible for distributing over 200 kilos of marijuana. After intense negotiations with the government and without ever having to become an informant or a snitch, Mr. Pissetzky convinced the judge that Mr. BC should receive a very short sentence of four months, despite the fact that he was facing up to 40 years in prison. The judge agreed with Mr. Pissetzky and sentenced Mr. BC to just four months in jail.
  • Not Guilty on All Counts Cross-Examination by Chicago Criminal Defense Attorney Leads to a “Not Guilty”
    People v. Z. (2009) – Mr. Z. was accused of transporting five kilograms of cocaine in a secret compartment of a car. After a trial in which Gal Pissetzky cross-examined officers from the elite narcotics division of the Chicago Police Department, the judge found Mr. Z. NOT GUILTY of all charges.
  • Federal Judge Imposes Light Sentence Over Government’s Objections Federal Crime
    U.S. v. HJ (2014) Mr. HJ was charged as the leader of a large Chicago drug organization. The government attributed over 26 kilos of cocaine to Mr. HJ, and sought a minimum 15-year-sentence based on his alleged leadership role. After a very contested sentencing hearing, during which Mr. Pissetzky argued that Mr. HJ was not a the leader of the organization and should therefore receive a much lower sentence, the judge agreed with Mr. Pissetzky and told the government it had not met its burden of proof. Although the judge found Mr. HJ responsible for 26 kilograms of cocaine, Mr. Pissetzky convinced the judge to sentence Mr. HJ to only 70 months–nine years less than what the government wanted.
  • Reduced Sentence Federal sentencing on drug conspiracy charges – 18 months for 26 kilos of cocaine without ever cooperating
    (USA v. MM) Mr. MM was charged in Federal Court with drug conspiracy to distribute over 26Kilograms of cocaine. The government used an informant and recorded calls. After long but successful negotiations with the government, Mr. Pissetzky was able to convince the prosecutor to amend the charges so MM won’t be facing the mandatory 10 years to life in prison. The government, however, still sought to send MM away for a long period of incarceration. MM never cooperated or became an informant!!!! Mr. Pissetzky filed a sentencing memorandum. During the federal sentencing hearing, Mr. Pissetzky argued to the Judge for a much reduced sentence. The Judge sentenced MM to a short 18months.
  • Not Guilty Gal Pissetzky Gains Not Guilty Verdict on Tough Drug Case. Defendant Wins!
    (People v. CC) – FINDING OF NOT GUILTY – CC was charge with possession with intent to deliver 175 grams of cocaine, and 4 guns where also found during the search of the apartment he was in. Chicago police had a search warrant to an apartment that they claimed CC was living in with his girlfriend. During the search of the apartment, the police recovered 4 guns, ammunition, 175 grams of cocaine, and a scale. At trial, attorney Pissetzky and one other attorney established through cross-examination that the State could not prove that CC actually lived in the apartment. The judge found CC NOT GUILTY of all charges.
  • Case Dismissed Gal Pissetzky Gets Federal Drug Case Dismissed After Cross Examining DEA Agents.
    Defendant Wins! (USA v LG) – RARE CASE OF NO PROBABLE CAUSE FINDING IN FEDERAL COURT – The DEA arrested LG with his wife and charged them with possession of 2.5 kilograms of cocaine. The government alleged at a preliminary hearing in federal court that LG’s wife was trying to sell the cocaine to an undercover DEA agents. Mr. Pissetzky was representing LG, who was arrested in the undercover DEA car after the wife handed the drugs to the DEA agent. During the hearing, Mr. Pissetzky questioned the DEA agent and established that LG was merely present during the drug deal. The federal magistrate judge found that there was not probable cause to arrest LG and ordered that the case against him be dismissed immediately.


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