What is Cybercrime?
Cybercrime, or computer oriented crime, is any type of crime that involves a computer and a network. There are a number of crimes that can be committed through the internet.
Penalties for Cybercrime
There are many different types of cybercrime, so the penalties vary based on the crime committed.
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Types of Cybercrime
Wire fraud is the use of email or other internet communication, possession or distribution of child pornography, usually involving “peer-to-peer” programs, possession or distribution of synthetic drugs or their precursors, which are usually discovered by the use of the internet. Wire fraud is prosecuted by both state and federally. Potential punishment for these types of crimes can be many years in state or federal prison.
Online Identity Theft
Online identity theft is when a person obtains someone’s identity through a computer system or network and uses it for unlawful purposes. This could include stealing money, credit, goods, or services. The penalty for identity theft include up to 1 year, 16 months, or 2 or 3 years in a county jail and/or a fine up to $1,000 to $10,000.
Online Credit Card Theft
Online credit card theft is usually done through phishing scams where an email is sent out to ask recipients for their personal information. There are no specific phishing laws, but it is illegal to use a credit card or transfer fund without the permission of the cardholder or bank account owner. Anyone in possession of a stolen credit card with the intent to use it can be charged with petty theft.
Unlawful Contact With a Minor
It is illegal to contact a minor with the intent to commit a felony or a sex crime. The internet is commonly used to make unlawful contact with a minor.
It’s illegal to knowingly possess or control images of a person under the age of 18 simulating or engaging in sexual conduct.
Have you been legally accused of committing a cybercrime? If you have been arrested or charged with a crime, it is essential to obtain legal council for help. It’s important to take your charges seriously. Don’t just hope for the best. Hire an attorney who understands your situation and the consequences you face.
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I’m Mark A. Broughton and I’m here to fight for you. I have been a defense Attorney for 40+ years and have represented thousands of people accused of crimes. I have extensive experience representing citizens charged with Violent Felonies, Federal Crimes, White Collar Crimes, Violent Crimes, Murder, Gang Crimes and Sex Crimes to name a few.
About Mark Broughton:
Compassionate, highly experienced, exceptional reputation, ethical and honest:
Mark Broughton has been practicing law for over 40 years. He estimates that he has conducted over 200 jury trials – everything from DUIs, drug cases, sex cases, domestic violence, assaults, “three-strikes,” dozens of cases involving criminal street gangs, gun/deadly weapons, drive-by shootings, robberies, attempted murders, and murders, including special circumstance murder cases.
He has received many outright Not Guilty verdicts for his clients in all of these types of cases, including several murder cases – at one time between 2005-2007, the jury found his clients Not Guilty in four separate cases in a row.
Mark Broughton is qualified as a death penalty lawyer and is on the special circumstances/death penalty panel of attorneys in Fresno, California, where he is regularly appointed to special circumstances/death penalty murder cases by the Fresno County Superior Court.
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Mark Broughton enjoys close relationships with his clients. He sees every individual’s situation with compassion and empathy and believes that every person has the right to a fair trial and is innocent until proven guilty.
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