Computer crime, also referred to as cyber-crime or e-crime, involves the use of a computer and the internet. The federal government has over 40 statutes that govern the prosecution of computer related crimes. The crimes themselves are generally divided into 3 categories, which include:
(1) Illegally obtaining computer hardware and/or software
(2) Crimes that actually target the computer network directly, such as installing viruses, Trojan horses, logic bombs, and spyware on another’s computer
(3) Crimes committed by using the computer network or devices
Because there is such a wide spread use of the internet, computer crime may include many different criminal offenses, such as: identity theft; fraud; sex crimes against children, money laundering, wire fraud, and hacking.
The Computer Fraud and Abuse Act of 1984 (CFAA) was specifically enacted and codified to address federal computer-related offenses. The USA Patriot Act has amended the CFAA numerous times and has made conspiracy to commit a computer related crime an offense as well.
If you are convicted of a federal computer crime you could be facing a felony charge. You need an experienced cyber-crime attorney on your side. If you have been charged with a computer crime in the Oakland, Wayne or Macomb County communities of Royal Oak, Bloomfield Hills, Detroit, Warren, Troy or any surrounding area and want the best defense, call Michigan Criminal Attorney Barton Morris at (248) 541-2600. Barton Morris was recently voted Top Attorney in Metro Detroit for 2012 and 2013 in the area of criminal defense.
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