The internet is a part of our everyday lives in this day and age, from work to play, from computer to telephone. The legal system has evolved with the rise of the internet, and there are now a variety of laws governing what constitutes lawful behavior on the internet. Online crime charges can be serious and may involve severe penalties in case of a conviction. If you are facing criminal charges related to alleged internet activity, you need a qualified defense attorney to fight for you in court. If you would like to discuss your case with an internet crime defense lawyer, Okabe and Haushalter can assist you. Contact us to learn more about your legal rights and options as a defendant.
Some internet crimes are relatively new and were placed into law as the internet age arose. Other online offenses are old crimes wearing a new face: for example, identity theft and embezzlement. Many internet crimes are against U.S. law, meaning they would be prosecuted in the federal court because they are federal offenses. Some common online crimes include:
At Okabe and Haushalter, we can defend you against all types of e-crimes.
Two of the most common crimes that are committed online are hacking and phishing. These crimes are also considered serious offenses under both state law and federal law.
Computer hacking is a criminal offense under California Penal Code Section 502 as well as under Title 18 of the United States Code, making it a potential federal offense. Hacking is when a person accesses a computer or network that does not belong to them without any prior authorization to do so. Even accessing an acquaintance’s social media account without their consent and authorization could be considered an act of hacking and could be punishable with imprisonment and fines
Phishing is prosecuted as a type of identity theft. Phishing is an act where online means are used to deceive a person into providing their personal data, such as bank account information, social security number, and address. Phishing is illegal under both state law and federal law, and people charged with this crime could face hefty fines and may be sentenced to serve time in a state or federal prison if convicted.
If you are being charged with an online criminal offense and need an internet crime defense lawyer in Hawthorne, the attorneys at Okabe and Haushalter have offices located throughout L.A. country and are ready to help you with your case. Our team of criminal defense experts is knowledgeable in all the laws related to internet crimes, and we know how to defend against these charges in court. We use proven defense tactics to get results for our clients, and we would like the opportunity to put our skills to work for you. Contact us today for a free case assessment.