Los Angeles Computer Crime Attorney
Have You Been Accused Of Computer Crimes?
As the internet grows in popularity it has become more and more commonly
used for personal and business transactions. This new found ability to
operate from virtually anywhere allows businesses to be run from any point
on the planet as long as there is internet access. The increased use of
the internet and growth in the number of federal personnel has resulted
in the establishment of more
federal crime task forces and investigators than ever before. If you are in any way
involved, no matter how innocently, in an activity which is under federal
investigation you need to first talk with an experienced Los Angeles
criminal defense attorney who will protect your interests.
18 U.S.C. § 1030 on Computer-Related Fraud Offenses
The United States Code has laws specifically dedicated to fraud offenses
accomplished by way of computers. Listed in 18 U.S.C. § 1030 are
seven different types of computer fraud as well as conspiracy to commit
computer fraud and attempted computer fraud. The major types of computer
- Accessing a computer without authorization to obtain information that is
classified by the U.S. government.
- Accessing a computer and, without authorization, obtaining financial records
or any other related information from a protected computer.
- Accessing a private computer belonging to a U.S. agency.
- Accessing a protected computer with the intent to defraud obtaining objects of value.
- Causing unauthorized damage to a private computer by transmitting programs,
information, codes or commands.
- Intending to defraud by trafficking by way of password or information if
that action affects foreign commerce or the U.S. government.
Transmitting threatening or demanding communications by way of computers
with the intent to
extort money or valuables from a person.
Conspiracy or attempting to commit any of these computer offenses can carry
the same punishments as actually carrying out the crime. Typically, the
terms of imprisonment for computer fraud are 10-20 years. According to
the U.S. Government, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is the
agency charged with investigating these types of criminal allegations,
specifically those involving restricted data, espionage and counterintelligence.
Computer & Cyber Crime Lawyer in Los Angeles
Speak with a Los Angeles federal defense attorney from our firm to discuss
your criminal allegations, charges and potential penalties. Federal computer
crimes can include offenses such as:
In order to develop an effective defense strategy you will need a skilled
computer crime lawyer with a long record of success in defense trials
but who also has an intimate working knowledge and high quality resources
to address evidence from computers and the use of the internet. A thorough
independent investigation into the facts of the case can often to light
additional information which can be used to counter the prosecution's
evidence and use all possible means to get the charges reduced or even dropped.
If you are facing federal charges involving cyber crime you need and have
the right to legal counsel. Since the federal court system is very different
from the state court system you are wise to choose an aggressive federal
crimes lawyer with extensive experience in successfully fighting cases
in federal court and opposing a U.S. prosecutor. Call
Martinian & Associates for an immediate consultation.
Contact a Los Angeles internet crime attorney
with our firm to discuss what can be done in your defense.