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Computer crimes in Chicago, also referred to as cybercrime, is known as any crime involving a computer or a network. In Chicago and throughout Illinois cyber crimes can either be seen as a misdemeanor or a felony. Misdemeanor computer crimes are along the lines of sending spam and other minor yet influential crimes. A felony cyber crime can be considered financial fraud and computer tampering. If you or someone you know has been accused of any type of computer related crime, it is absolutely imperative to consult with a Chicago defense lawyer well-versed in all aspects of criminal law, and especially those pertaining to computer crimes.
Computer crimes are essentially broken into three major categories including computer tampering, computer fraud, and aggravated computer tampering. Computer tampering involves gaining access without permission to a computer or creating and distributing computer viruses. Computer fraud is using a computer to conduct fraudulent activities like credit card fraud. Aggravated computer tampering is specific to the government such as tampering with a government computer, creating a probability of death to other individuals and interfering with State and local government activities. With the ever changing world of technology continuously expanding, crimes on computers have become more and more frequent. Computer crimes can also include the following offenses:
There are a few main issues the law considers when charging an individual with a computer crime including the mental state, if a civil lawsuit was permitted, if the attempt is considered a crime and whether the crime can be considered a misdemeanor or a felony.
Despite how intimidating your charges may appear, it is absolutely crucial to your future to secure legal representation at once. Here at Okabe & Haushalter, our legal team has spent years defending individuals accused of an array of criminal offense, including forgery, white collar crimes, bribery, insider trading, consumer fraud, public corruption and computer crimes.
As a sound law firm, we eagerly await your call and cannot wait to help you through this difficult time. Dealing with clients who have been charged with a variety of crimes on a daily basis, our office is ready for any challenge the law is prepared to throw at us. We have kept up to date knowledge on all of the current laws and regulations, and any changes that have been made to the law.
With a multitude of crimes that can be committed on a computer, sometimes unknowingly or accidentally, it is extremely important to speak with a seasoned Chicago criminal defense attorney from our firm. We may be your only key to freedom, so take advantage of our intimate knowledge of the law today.
Contact a lawyer from Okabe & Haushalter immediately if you are facing charges related to a computer crime in Chicago and the surrounding areas.