Internet or computer crimes are also known as cyber crimes or web crimes. These crimes are the newest frontier for law enforcement. There are a wide range of Internet crimes that range from computer fraud to cyberstalking. Internet crimes are handled aggressively by prosecutors. New investigative units deal exclusively with cyber crimes. There are a variety of different types of Internet crimes including:
- Identity Theft
- Computer Hacking
- Internet Fraud
- Cyber Stalking
- Internet Pornography
- Computer Crimes Against Minors
Computer forensics makes it easy for authorities to trace specific internet actions back to you. There are some serious penalties for committing cyber crimes. Internet crime penalties may include:
- Prison / Jail (State)
- Federal Prison
- Fines and Restitution
- Employment Problems
As many as 10% of all Internet crimes committed in the United States occur in California. Because the Internet is used across state lines, crimes associated with the Internet are often covered under Federal law. Federal charges are typically much more serious because they carry stronger penalties. Sentencing for Internet crimes will consider several factors such as your criminal history, any prior convictions for similar acts, and whether you are currently on probation.
If you have been charged with internet crimes you need to take it seriously. There are many counts of charges that may be used against you. For example, you may receive several different counts that pertain to one action. An experienced criminal defense attorney will be able to assist you with your situation. He will work to investigate and prepare your case, interview witnesses, and prepare your defense. Your attorney will try to reduce or eliminate your bail.