Phishing is an internet fraud crime that is associated with email spoofing. The end result of a spoofing scheme is to have victims visit a fraudulent website and enter their personal information (username, password, account information, credit card information, etc.) so the perpetrator can then use this information for personal gain.
Contact a defense attorney immediately if you have been accused of phishing. You will need an attorney on your side who can defend your rights even in the face of these serious criminal charges, many of which involve federal authorities and prosecutors. This means that you may face maximum federal penalties for these offenses, which can add up to tens of years in state prison and fines of up to $250,000 or more, depending upon the particular offenses.
When an individual is charged with phishing, he/she will often face multiple counts of this crime, along with other related crimes as well. These may include charges of identity theft, credit/debit card fraud, email spoofing, spamming, and more. When facing multiple counts of these offenses, the defendant will usually face extreme penalties (particularly in large phishing schemes, which may involve hundreds or even thousands of victims.)
Because phishing and other related internet crimes may be very technical in nature, it is important to consult a lawyer who will understand the charges you face and who can conduct an investigation that will uncover physical evidence in your favor. Okabe & Haushalter may be able to help you if you are facing internet crime charges. Our attorneys have experience as former prosecutors and thus have experience regarding both sides of a criminal charge. We are committed to helping our clients and protecting their rights and freedom, even in the face of serious criminal charges such as phishing.