Hacking or gaining unauthorized access into a computer network is a serious crime that is punishable under state and federal laws. Penalties often include jail time, usually for a much longer period if you are convicted by a federal jury for violation of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act. And, in the case of journalist Matthew Keys, his Internet crime defense attorneys are fighting to reduce the recommended sentence of 87 months in prison.

Disproportionate Penalties

Keys was charged and convicted of hacking, particularly for providing login credentials to hackers who then defaced the Los Angeles Times website. Prosecutors placed the value of losses attributed to the hacking at $250,000, well over the $5,000 minimum required for a charge to qualify as a felony under the CFAA. He maintains that the damages actually sustained could not have exceeded $5,000 and that prosecutors deliberately inflated the figures to bring the case under the more stringent terms of the CFAA.

Considering the seriousness of the criminal charges of hacking, it’s extremely important that, if you are charged with such crimes, you hire competent and experienced criminal defense attorneys to represent you in court.

Other Hacking Arrests

Law enforcers take Internet crimes very seriously and will not hesitate to make arrests in connection with complaints of hacking, identity theft, or data theft. In Los Angeles, two adult-aged high school students were arrested for alleged hacking into the school’s computer network. They allegedly changed the grades of some 120 students, many of whom were graduating from high school. The incident has caused a stir among parents and students who are worried about the impact of the alleged hacking on their chances of entering college.

The LA County Sheriff’s Department immediately arrested the students after receiving the school’s complaint and said that the two were going to be arraigned shortly after their arrest. The students are also accused of taking money in exchange for altering some students’ grades.

If found guilty, the accused men may be sentenced to years of imprisonment, which can dim their chances of a bright future after school. Hiring an experienced criminal defense attorney is vital to their future.

An experienced Internet crime defense attorney can assess their situation, examine the charges against them, weigh the evidence of the prosecution, bring in expert witnesses such as computer systems professionals, and aggressively fight for the rights of the accused students.

In Los Angeles, California, the Kestenbaum Law Group founded by David S. Kestenbaum, has experience in Internet crime defense, helping clients obtain dismissals, favorable jury verdicts, or when appropriate, reduced charges and penalties. We invite you to call our dedicated attorneys at (818) 616-4312 and let us help you in your case.