New York Internet Fraud Defense Lawyers
In this digital age, the proliferation of internet usage has seen a parallel rise in cybercrimes, with internet fraud standing at the forefront of offenses vigorously investigated and prosecuted by New York state and federal law enforcement agencies. If you’ve been accused of internet fraud, you need the help of an experienced and successful criminal defense law firm that can provide robust legal representation to protect your rights while working to achieve a favorable outcome on your behalf. For strategic advice and representation in the Hudson Valley, contact Dupée & Monroe in Goshen to plot a way forward with the help of our team of dedicated New York internet fraud defense lawyers.
What Is Internet Fraud?
Internet fraud refers to the use of internet services or software with internet access to defraud victims or otherwise take advantage of them. This type of crime can take many forms, including phishing, identity theft, and the proliferation of scams designed to mislead victims into divulging personal and financial information or directly defrauding them out of money.
The FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) defines internet crime to include any illegal activity involving one or more components of the Internet, such as websites, chat rooms, and/or email. According to the IC3, internet crime involves the use of the internet to communicate false or fraudulent representations to consumers. These crimes may include, but are not limited to, advance-fee schemes, non-delivery of goods or services, computer hacking, or employment/business opportunity schemes.
In New York, various subsections of the Penal Code section 156 deal with computer crimes in general and internet fraud in particular. These offenses could include, for example:
- Unauthorized Use of a Computer: NY Penal Law 156.05
- Computer Trespass: NY Penal Law 156.10
- Computer Tampering: NY Penal Law 156.25, 156.26, and 156.27
- Unlawful Duplication of Computer Related Material: NY Penal Law 156.29 and 156.30
- Criminal Possession of Computer Related Material: NY Penal Law 156.35
Common types of internet fraud include:
- Phishing Scams: These involve sending emails that appear to be from legitimate sources but are actually from fraudsters, attempting to extract sensitive information.
- Online Auction and Retail Scams: Where sellers receive payment but never send the promised goods, or goods sent are misrepresented or counterfeit.
- Identity Theft: The unauthorized use of someone’s personal data for financial gain. Identity theft is outlawed under NY Penal Law Article 190.
- Credit Card Fraud: Unauthorized use of a credit card to make purchases or withdraw funds.
- Investment Fraud: Misleading investors or manipulating online markets for financial benefit.
Legal Consequences of Internet Fraud in New York
In New York State, internet fraud is taken very seriously and carries severe legal consequences. These may include substantial fines, restitution, and significant prison time, depending on the severity and scope of the fraudulent activities. Charges can range from misdemeanors to felonies, and a conviction can have lasting impacts on one’s personal and professional life.
Dupée & Monroe offers expert legal services to navigate through the complexities of the New York legal system. With a keen understanding of both federal and state laws pertaining to cybercrimes, our team is equipped to provide defense strategies tailored to the unique circumstances of your case.
Facing charges of internet fraud can be daunting, but never forget you have the right to a vigorous defense. Dupée & Monroe’s team has extensive experience in crafting defense strategies that may include:
- Examining the Evidence: Challenging the prosecution’s evidence to show how it is insufficient, unreliable, or unlawfully obtained.
- Intent: Demonstrating the absence of intent to commit fraud, which is a crucial element in many fraud-related crimes.
- Mistake of Fact: Arguing that a misunderstanding or mistake led to the fraudulent activity, negating the intent to deceive.
- Constitutional Violations: Identifying any breaches in constitutional rights, such as illegal search and seizure, that could lead to the dismissal of evidence or charges.
Why Choose Dupée & Monroe?
For many, Dupée & Monroe serves as a beacon of hope for those grappling with the complexities of internet fraud charges in Goshen and the greater Hudson Valley area. Our team has a proven record of diligently defending our clients charged with white-collar crimes, with a deep understanding of both the technology involved and the legal landscape of New York penal laws. We offer personalized legal support, with attention to the specific needs and circumstances of each client. Additionally, we are proactive in our defense strategies, anticipating prosecution tactics and building comprehensive defenses.
Contact Dupée & Monroe for Help With Internet Fraud Defense in New York’s Hudson Valley
If you or someone you know is facing internet fraud charges, it is crucial to seek knowledgeable legal counsel immediately. The attorneys at Dupée & Monroe are dedicated to providing aggressive and informed defense services to protect your freedom and reputation. Contact us today at 845-294-8900 to discuss your case and explore the best path forward in your defense.