The holidays are a busy time in the digital world. Starting with Cyber Monday, the Internet becomes busy with online shoppers. Cyber crime also increases during the holiday season, and law enforcement and the FBI have various ways to track down those suspected of illegal online activities. A cyber crime conviction can put you in jail for years and ruin your future, so if you have been convicted of one of these crimes during this year’s holiday season, you should contact a New Jersey criminal defense attorney.
What Kinds of Cyber Crimes Could I Be Charged With?
Our criminal defense attorneys can defend you in the following cyber crimes:
- Computer crime. This crime can include several different offenses such as accessing an unauthorized network, utilizing encryption involved in another crime, or creating computer viruses.
- Cyberbullying. If you use any social networks or online networking technology to harass or intimidate your coworkers, students or online peers, you could be charged with a cyberbullying crime.
- Identity theft. If you have been charged with identity theft, that would mean you intentionally stole someone else’ s protected data. This can mistakenly happen during the holidays if you take someone’s bank information to buy a gift, for example.
- Online scams. This type of cyber crime runs rampant during the holiday season. You could be charged for online scamming if your job is involved in fraudulently offering holiday deals to vulnerable people (elderly people or immigrants), or even if you are involved in forwarding online scam emails to other people.
Without an experienced criminal defense attorney to represent you in New Jersey, you could be facing anywhere from 18 months to 10 years in prison for your cyber crime conviction. Your exact penalties will depend on the kind of crime you committed, how serious and damaging the crime was, and if you have any previous convictions.
Contact us at Gelman Law LLC today if you have been charged with one of these crimes over the holidays.