Federal investigators have increased efforts to reduce internet fraud and identity theft. While law enforcement has a number of investigative tools at its disposal, computers and the online environment present unique challenges for prosecutors. As a criminal defense attorney, I expose assumptions and circumstantial evidence that investigators and prosecutors often act on in cases involving internet crimes. Not only must prosecutors prove the accused acted with criminal intent, they must also prove that the accused was seated at the computer when the alleged crime occurred. However, just because someone’s computer or email account is associated with an illegal act does not mean that the computer’s owner is guilty. My office conducts its own investigation into allegations of computer crime while thoroughly reviewing the actions of investigators involved in the case against my client.
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Computer Crimes in an Online Environment
Whether you have been arrested for an internet crime in Los Angeles or are currently under investigation, contact my offices today to schedule a confidential appointment to discuss your case. I provide criminal defense representation to clients in internet crimes cases involving the following:
- Internet sex crimes
- Trojan horse virus
- Email worms
- Credit card theft
- Identity theft
- Child pornography
Depending on the circumstances of a case, investigators may begin tracking a suspect’s Internet activity through wiretaps and surveillance technology. In most cases, a suspect’s internet provider (IP) is asked to track a person’s online activity as well. The difficulty arises in proving beyond a reasonable doubt that the suspect in question IS the person who used a computer for illegal activity. Referred to as a “zombie,” hackers can use a computer as a host from which to commit crime. In other instances, “spoofing” and “phishing” can make it appear as if an e-mail originated from a suspect’s e-mail account or Web site.
Penalties for Internet & Cyber Crimes
According to statistics, the United States is home to 78% of internet & cyber-related crimes, 10% of which occur in the state of California. Judges and prosecutors are aware of this, which is why you should an internet sex crimes attorney on your side immediately! An internet crime can come with no small consequence: hacking alone can be charged as a misdemeanor or as a felony. If you are convicted of a hacking misdemeanor, you could face a penalty of one year in jail and a fine of up to $5,000. If, however, you are charged with a felony crime, you could be forced to pay up to $10,000 and face up to three years in prison. Because internet crimes tend to affect so many people, courts do not take them lightly.
Besides jail time and fines, you could also face probation, be forced to pay restitution and lose your job, if you have a license or security clearance. What’s worse, is that if your criminal record is clean, it will no longer remain so, if you are convicted. It is imperative that you do not delay in securing the legal services that you need. Having a competent criminal defense attorney can make all of the difference: I can help you prepare / investigate all the details of your case, interview witnesses, analyze statements by alleged victims of the crime, help you eliminate bail requirements, prepare a private lie detector test, prepare letters of support, fight for a dismissal, have a report made by a psychologist and help you research any alternative to jail time. One thing is clear: you cannot fight this battle on your own. Secure the help of The Law Office of Robert M. Helfend today!
Getting the Right Criminal Defense Lawyer for Cyber Crimes in Southern California
As your attorney, I put the prosecution on the defensive by exposing assumptions that aren’t supported by any hard evidence. I also question the constitutionality of wiretaps, search warrants, and seizures of hard drives. However, when the evidence is substantial and it is in my client’s best interest, I am also prepared to negotiate for a reduction in charges or sentencing. In many cases involving internet fraud, cooperation with the authorities can result in a reduction in jail time. While I cannot guarantee a particular outcome, I can increase your chances of avoiding the maximum sentence. Contact Attorney Robert Michael Helfend today to discuss your case!