Computer Crimes and Related Offenses
Have you been charged with a computer crime in Miami?
Advances in technology have changed many aspects of society; including
the investigation, prosecution and defense of criminal offenses. Computers
have not only been a tool for use in the commission of many traditional
crimes ranging from drug trafficking and money laundering, to tax evasion
and other offenses, but the prevalence of computers in modern society
has shaped an entire new class of crimes that can only be committed with
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Types of Computer Crimes
While almost any crime that can be committed without a computer can also
be committed on a computer, certain crimes are more frequently seen in
the commission of a computer crime than many others. Typically, however,
computer crimes involve using a computer to take or alter data, or to
gain unlawful use of computers or services in the illegal transfer of
funds or to alter the data or property of others.
Computer crimes may also be referred to as “cyber-crimes” by
the FBI, and other State, and Federal law enforcement agencies. In recent
years, law enforcement has been hyper-vigilant about monitoring the internet
for cyber-terrorism, drug trafficking, child pornography, wire fraud,
computer intrusions, identity theft, human trafficking, prostitution,
online sexual predators, piracy, damaging or destroying equipment or supplies
that are used, or were intended to be used in a computer network, deliberately
placing a virus into a computer or network owned by another, destroying,
taking or damaging computer equipment that belongs to another, and accessing
a computer or network of another without permission.
Some of the most common computer offenses include:
Associated Penalties for Computer Crimes in Florida
Computer crimes may have serious lifelong consequences upon conviction.
Ranging from misdemeanors to felonies, possible penalties for computer
Third degree felony: Imprisonment up to 5 years and/or fines up to $5,000
Second degree felony: Imprisonment up to 15 years and/or fines up to $10,000
First degree felony: Imprisonment up to 30 years and/or fines up to $10,000
In addition to time behind bars, a conviction for committing a computer
crime can have permanent consequences, as a criminal record can follow
you for life and affect even the most basic human rights. A computer crime
conviction, for instance, may have employment consequences as most employers
run background checks before hiring.
In addition, under Federal and Florida law, one convicted of a Felony Computer
Crime may no longer possess and/or purchase a firearm and may also no
longer vote. A computer crime conviction of any degree or level may impact
an individual’s ability to keep or obtain a professional license
(doctor, lawyer, teacher, law enforcement). Also, a conviction for a computer
crime involving child pornography, sexual exploitation, or human sex-trafficking
would require one to register as a sex offender anywhere they live in
the United States. Failure to register as a sex offender is also a crime
which is punishable by imprisonment.
How are accusations for this type of crime handled?
State computer crimes are investigated and prosecuted by the local sheriff,
local police departments, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, the
Florida Highway Patrol, and the State Attorney’s Office. Federal
computer crimes are investigated and prosecuted by various agencies, including
the FBI, IRS, DEA, ATF, CIA, Homeland Security, and the Department of Justice.
Highly Experienced Defending Those Facing Penalties for Computer Crimes
Attorney Petruzzi has been defending those charged with computer crimes from their first
existence in the criminal code. He has represented hundreds of clients
charged with, or under investigation for, various computer-related crimes.
If you or someone you know has been charged with a computer crime, it
is important for one to hire an experienced attorney. Attorney Petruzzi’s
knowledge and expertise in this field of law is a vital asset to anyone
charged with these crimes.
Get started with a free consultation by calling the Law Offices of Paul
D. Petruzzi in Miami, FL.