With the advent of information technology and the increasing power of computers, the Internet has such a tremendous impact on the way we live. The ease of doing things, the increased accessibility to information, and diminishing smaller borders of our modern world has been a boon to mankind. But it is also viewed as a bane. The Internet has become a huge venue to engage in all sorts of illegal activities.
In fact internet crime, which refers to any illegal activity that involves one or more components of the Internet, is one of the fastest growing crime rates in the country.
There is a wide array of activities utilizing websites, chat rooms, email, among others, that can be deemed as criminal.
The following are some types of internet crimes:
- Hacking or unlawfully accessing a computer system or network
- Changing, damaging, copying or stealing software or data
- Maliciously embedding malware or a virus on a computer system
- Cyberstalking – stalking someone over the Internet (Ex: There are so many complaints about people stalking their ex-partners in social media.)
- Computer & Network Intrusion – illegal or unauthorized access to a computer system with intent of manipulating confidential data and critical information
- Fraud – Communicating false or fraudulent representations to consumers
- Identity Theft – occurs when someone steals and uses another’s personal information without their knowledge to commit theft or fraud
- Phishing – sending an email to direct victims to fake websites in order to steal personal and confidential information like passwords, credit card numbers, and bank account information (Ex. Many have been victimized by clicking on fake emails that look like real bank websites.)
- Cyber Terrorism
- Cyber Espionage
Internet Crime is a Serious Charge
To be accused of a Internet crime is a serious matter. An individual may have just downloaded a virus, clicked on a fake website or have been a victim of phishing or identity theft himself and yet be charged. As there are so many types of Internet crimes and numerous laws governing such, cases tend to become complicated. The legal process can be very tedious and could involve lengthy investigations. If found guilty, the accused faces stiff penalties, possible incarceration or both. Thus, going through the legal process is likely to become costly, stressful and emotionally draining for the accused and for his family. The negative impact on the personal and the professional levels is very real.
If you have been charged with an internet crime, your best defense is to hire the services of a competent and experienced criminal defense attorney who will be able to guide you through the process, explain to you all your options and protect your rights from day one.
Are you Facing an Internet Crime Charge?
David Kestenbaum of The Kestenbaum Law Group is a seasoned internet crime defense lawyer in Los Angeles who has been fighting for the rights of his clients for over 30 years. His history of successful cases attest to his knowledge and expertise as well as his tireless work to defend his clients.
As a previous prosecutor and now a criminal defense attorney, Mr. Kestenbaum combines both experiences in preparing a strong case for his clients. He has a very high credibility and has earned the respect of both the police and his fellow lawyers. Mr. Kestenbaum is a force to be reckoned with in court.
You Must Act Immediately
Mr. Kestenbaum is committed to the defense of his clients and firmly believes everyone deserves a fair process, including you. If you are facing a charge for internet crime, The Kestenbaum Law Group is ready to represent you.