Often referred to as “cybercrime,” internet crime is a broad term that refers to many specific subsets of criminal charges, as long as the internet was used to commit the crime. Because many internet crimes are considered to have crossed state boundaries, it is very common for internet crime charges to be brought at the state and federal levels. This adds another layer of complexity to these charges, since state and federal laws differ. In addition, you can be convicted of the same crime by two separate courts and face penalties in both. Examples of internet crimes are:
Cybercrime is a recent newcomer to the criminal justice system. However, it is becoming increasingly common as internet access becomes more inexpensive and reliable. Internet crimes are taken extremely seriously by law enforcement and prosecutors. Indeed, there are an increasing number of specialty divisions within various law enforcement offices that focus exclusively on uncovering and prosecuting internet crime. And because over 50% of Fortune 500 companies are incorporated in Delaware, prosecutorial resources are particularly robust.
What does this mean for you? In short, the prosecutor is likely to be extremely experienced with the charge you are facing. As a result, it is very important that your criminal defense attorney is also experienced with internet crimes.
Internet crimes can be considered either misdemeanors or felonies; it all depends on the exact crime that was committed and by whom. A felony charge is more serious than a misdemeanor and carries longer incarceration times and more expensive fines. However, a misdemeanor is still a very serious charge. Being convicted of a computer crime can have consequences that will impact you for the rest of your life.
Being convicted of an internet crime can make employers wary about hiring you. Those who are convicted may also find that even if they are able to get a job, they are unlikely to be promoted into higher-level positions. Most businesses in today’s increasingly digital world have an online presence, and they do not want an employee who may jeopardize their reputation or who may use the company’s internet connection to commit crimes while on the clock.
We provide free consultations to individuals who have been accused of internet crimes. We will take the time to answer your questions and strategize a defense that takes all the factors into account. If you have been charged with an internet crime in Dover or anywhere in Delaware, contact us today.