Legal Defense Against Computer Crimes Charges

The police are investigating more crimes where a computer or the Internet was used, and are using computers and the Internet to investigate these crimes.

Some of these crimes involve someone doing something to someone else's computer, such as "hacking", unlawfully duplicating data, or stealing data. The "suspect" could be a hired hacker stealing business data or a present or former employee trying to gain revenge or data for sale.

Computers play a large role with sex crimes where a computer is used to download, create or send child pornography.

Search warrants and seizures of computers and cellphones are on the rise. The police will look at your e-mails, texts, browser history and phone records.

Computer technology can be a tool for a jealous lover, a vengeful employee or boss, or an immature kid trying to show off.

Recently, Andrew Schneider handled a case of an unwary young man lured into asking and receiving a photo of a woman posing nude, only to learn she was a minor, and he faced registering as a sex offender. After much legal wrangling, he received a diversionary program, his charges were dismissed and his arrest record will be erased.

When a young "IT" man resigned from his job, a vengeful boss made up a story that he stole data, data he gave him permission to take to continue consulting for him. Andrew Schneider mounted a vigorous defense, penetrating the boss's story. It soon came out that the boss had fabricated evidence. The charges were dismissed.

Computer crimes with or without sexual crimes are usually felonies. They carry criminal penalties and a criminal record. If you even suspect you are a suspect, don't try to deal with the police yourself.

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