Understanding Internet Crimes in Southern California
Cybercrime may be a new phenomenon in the American criminal justice system, but that hasn’t stopped prosecutors in California from aggressively pursuing criminal charges for computer crimes.
Locally, prosecutors in San Bernardino and Riverside, California, take computer crimes very seriously, which is why they devote considerable resources into prosecuting these cases. If you are convicted of certain computer crimes, you can face ruinous financial penalties, and a long prison sentence as well.
Generally, we can break down Internet and Computer Cybercrimes into six categories:
- Hacking/Theft of Information
- Online Business Fraud
- Identity Theft
- Credit Card Fraud
- Child Pornography/Solicitation
- Using a Computer in Connection with Elder Abuse
For the latter two computer crimes especially, defendants found guilty face serious, lifelong consequences. Men and women found guilty of solicitation or downloading child pornography often receive hefty fines, long prison sentences, and a lifetime requirement to register as a sex offender. Increasingly, the courts are cracking down on hackers and “hacktivists” found guilty of hacking into or damaging a computer system.
Most other types of computer criminal cases fall broadly under the umbrella of white collar crime. Specifically, our San Bernardino and Riverside criminal defense lawyers call these Internet and Computer Fraud Cases, although online sex crimes are technically classified as computer fraud as well.
White Collar Internet Crimes & Computer Fraud in San Bernardino and Riverside
Today, many traditional white collar crimes are now prosecuted in part or in whole as cybercrimes. For instance, if a defendant charged with embezzlement, larceny, or fraud is accused of using a computer to aid their criminal activity, then he or she will likely face computer crime-related charges. Likewise, many cases of identity theft, credit card fraud, or social security fraud now take place within online space, which means additional computer crimes could apply.
Even though internet crimes are often called white collar crimes, this doesn’t mean they should be taken lightly. As former deputy district attorneys, Greenberg & Greenberg, APLC’s San Bernardino and Riverside attorneys know all too well that here in California, so-called “white collar” fraud cases are often charged as felony offenses. If you are found guilty of felony computer or internet fraud, you could face fines of up to $250,000 and 20 years in prison. In addition to cybercrime charges, you could also face charges for mail fraud, wire fraud, and identity theft, as well.
If that’s not serious enough, remember that as cybercrime becomes more common, the federal government has created a number of organizations to catch cybercriminals. That means law enforcement agencies like the FBI or the U.S. Department of Justice could have been involved in gathering evidence against you, not just your local authorities.
How Do Defense Attorneys Fight Internet & Computer Fraud Cases?
Simply put, if you are charged, arrested, or suspected in connection with any form of cybercrime, whether it’s possession of child pornography or corporate fraud, it is critical to hire criminal defense attorneys experienced in computer crimes.
Once you hire Greenberg & Greenberg, APLC’s computer criminal defense attorneys to represent you, our team will act quickly to investigate the evidence obtained against you. We use forensic accountants and computer technicians to examine your financial records and digital fingerprints.
With charges like white collar fraud, corporate theft, or money laundering, the prosecution’s case will almost always depend on a paper trail. In online fraud and internet cases, the case will likewise hinge on a digital trail of evidence. Fortunately, our criminal defense attorneys know exactly how law enforcement develops these types of cases. This is why we always commit our considerable resources to revealing weaknesses in the prosecution’s case against you. If we can prove that the “fraudulent” transactions were the result of legitimate business dealings, then we will vigorously push for a dismissal of the charges.
Even if your case cannot be dropped or dismissed outright, our Riverside and San Bernardino defense attorneys will always work to minimize the consequences you face. With more than 50 years of experience as criminal defense attorneys, Greenberg & Greenberg, APLC’s criminal lawyers have defended clients suspected of all types of computer crimes.
Contact an Internet & Computer Crime Defense Lawyer Today
If you’ve been charged with a cyber crime, don’t settle for your typical defense attorney. You deserve an experienced southern California attorney with specific experience defending computer crimes. For an effective defense strategy, contact Greenberg & Greenberg, APLC to meet with a skilled San Bernardino and Riverside computer crimes attorney today. Free initial consultations are available, and all discussions are 100% confidential.