Fort Lauderdale Internet Crime Defense Attorney
There are many different types of offenses that fall under the category of internet crime, which is also coined as cybercrime. They range from fraud, such as the famed Nigerian prince email scam, to child pornography or spreading computer viruses. There may be a large component of financial incentive or the motive of an internet crime may actually be to cause psychological or emotional harm (or used to plan physical harm in the future). Below is a list of some of the most prevalent types of internet crime:
- Computer hacking;
- Spreading computer viruses;
- Sports betting;
- Child pornography;
- Drug trafficking;
- Copyright infringement;
- Internet bomb threats;
- Password trafficking;
- Counterfeiting currency;
- Extortion or blackmail;
- Internet harassment;
- Non delivery of purchased goods;
- Phishing or spoofing; and
- Accessing stored information or breach of intellectual property.
As you can see, many of these crimes are vastly different from one another. However, the punishments for all can be quite severe. The transmitting of child pornography carries a minimum of five years in jail and a maximum of 20. Internet harassment can result in serious time behind bars. Cyber stalking, under Florida state statute 784.048, is defined as such: “A person who willfully, maliciously, and repeatedly follows, harasses, or cyberstalks another person commits the offense of stalking, a misdemeanor of the first degree.” The list of punishment continues to grow in monetary punishment as fraud and the theft of intellectual property are committed. Copyright infringement provides a range of monetary punishment that starts at $200 per work infringed upon all the way up to $150,000 per work in addition to imprisonment. What seemed like a completely harmless night of downloading a movie, and in so doing seeding to others, could end up costing tens of thousands of dollars, or worse. Because of the very severe penalties associated with most internet or cyber crimes, it is imperative that if you have been charged with an internet crime you should immediately seek out the most experienced Fort Lauderdale internet crimes defense attorney at once. According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the primary law enforcement agencies that deal with internet law are:
- The U.S. Secret Service;
- The Federal Bureau of Investigation;
- The U.S. Postal Inspection Service;
- The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement; and
- The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms.
All of these agencies will pursue the most strict, severe penalties for those that they have evidence against. When you are going up against such high level federal law enforcement agencies, only defense attorneys with specific internet and cybercrime experience will be able to provide the kind of defense that you need. Don’t hesitate to contact us today to begin working on your defense immediately. Call Deric Zacca, P.A., an experienced Fort Lauderdale internet crimes defense attorney today at 954-450-4848 for immediate assistance if you have been charged with any type of internet crime, big or small.