New York Internet Crime Defense Lawyer
Computer-based crimes have been evolving faster than the laws addressing them for more than two decades. Federal and state law enforcement agencies prosecute cybercrimes as intensely as possible in order to deter potential perpetrators from trying to skirt the system. As a result, defendants charged with internet crimes can face severe sentences, often based on a complicated combination of various criminal statutes.
If you are charged with a cybercrime, anything from scam-peddling to hacking, identity theft, or sex crimes, it’s important to take the charges extremely seriously. Your future, and your freedom, are on the line. A zealous New York criminal defense attorney at Dupée & Monroe can help you defend against internet crime charges or prevent them from being brought in the first place.
Common Internet Crimes
Internet crimes broadly refer to any criminal acts that are perpetrated online or on computers. Many types of white-collar crimes are perpetrated online these days, by way of wire transfers and the like, but there are prohibited criminal acts that specifically utilize the internet.
Based on the experience of our seasoned New York internet crimes attorneys, some of the more common internet crimes we encounter include:
- Unauthorized Use of a Computer. Using a computer or a computer network without permission is a Class A misdemeanor.
- Computer Trespass. The unauthorized use of a computer to further the commission of a felony is a Class E felony.
- Identity Theft. Using a false identity or utilizing someone else’s credit cards or other facets of their identity for financial gain may be punishable as a misdemeanor or a felony, depending upon the circumstances.
- Credit Card Fraud. Credit card fraud is a form of identity theft commonly perpetrated through phishing and hacking schemes.
- Phishing and Hacking. Federal and state laws prohibit a wide range of fraudulent schemes perpetrated online, designed to unwittingly rob people of their money, personal data, or other confidential information.
- Cyber Stalking and Harassment. Engaging in a course of conduct to intimidate or threaten another person can lead to misdemeanor charges or, if the victim is injured in any way, felony charges.
- Unlawful Internet Gambling. Internet gambling falls under the purview of the federal Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act, which prohibits any form of online gambling that is unlawful under any federal or state law.
Federal and state laws also prohibit a wide range of internet sex crimes, including sex trafficking, promoting child pornography, disseminating indecent material to a minor, and promoting or possessing obscene performances by a minor.
A Seasoned Criminal Defense Lawyer Can Help You Fight Internet Crime Charges
Internet crimes vary wildly in how they are perpetrated, how the charges are proven, and what the penalties may entail. Many forms of fraud perpetrated online are prosecuted as serious felonies, punishable by years in prison. If you are facing any kind of cybercrime charges, you need to contact a qualified internet crime defense attorney as soon as possible.
Our Hudson Valley internet crime defense legal team has over 60 years of combined experience helping New Yorkers with civil and criminal matters. We’ll bring our decades of experience to bear in protecting you against the worst possible consequences of a conviction. Whether you are facing misdemeanor or felony charges, or you are still under investigation, it’s vital to get the right counsel in your corner as soon as possible. We may be able to get your charges reduced or dropped entirely.
Protect Yourself Against Cyber Crime Charges With the Help of Our Hudson Valley Criminal Defense Lawyers
If you are under investigation or have been indicted for an internet crime, contact Dupée & Monroe, P.C., in Goshen. We represent clients involved in federal and state investigations or who are charged with internet-related offenses and other serious crimes in Orange County and throughout the Hudson Valley.