Computer Crime: Charges, Penalties & Defense

Have you or has someone you love been accused of a computer crime?

Computer crime

The Internet has transformed almost every aspect of our lives. We can get directions at the touch of a button, access knowledge from a search engine, and even create our own business right from our home computers.

However, with growing technology there also comes growing crime. This growing problem can dramatically impact a person’s life, as well as, a business.

The predicament with computer crimes is that it might feel different than it does in person. A person might not be willing to walk into a bank and steal money, however, that same person might be more open to changing banking accounts, or hacking into a system to steal money from a bank if they are hidden behind a computer screen.

The problem is that the computer gives a false sense of security and can get many individuals into trouble with the law. Committing a computer crime is a serious offense that the government works hard to catch and convict.

What is Computer Crime?

Computer crime is a type of cyber crime. It is an offense that is committed by using or being aided by the Internet.

Examples of Computer Crimes

When it comes to computer crimes, the category can range from a number of different areas. For example, computer crimes could include any kind of criminal offense that uses a computer such as fraud, or larceny. However, computer crimes that involve hacking are uniquely specific to computers. Examples of computer crimes include:

  • Identity theft – Using the computer to access a person’s personal information.
  • Hacking – Illegally circumventing security to access someone else’s computer system.
  • Piracy – Copying and circulating programs, movies, music or other intellectual property without permission.
  • Harvesting – Collect account or other account related information on other people.
  • Salami Slicing – Stealing tiny amounts of money from each transaction.
  • Spoofing – Deceiving a system into thinking you are someone you really are not.
  • Planting A Virus – Presenting a virus or other contaminant into a computer system.
  • Fraud – Manipulating data like changing banking records to transfer money to an account.
  • Espionage – Spying on a person or business

Computer Crimes in The State of Michigan

In the State of Michigan, the law is broad when it comes to computer crimes. It does cover most instances where a computer is used to commit most any crime. Specifically, Michigan state law prohibits the unauthorized access into a computer or network.

Penalty for Computer Crimes

While a computer crime might feel differently in person then it does online, the penalty is still strong. Under Michigan Penal Code 752.797, committing a computer crime is a misdemeanor if the violation involved is less than $200. The crime comes a felony when the violation involves becomes more than $1000.

Seek Professional Help

If you are under investigation for a cyber crime like computer crime, it is important to seek out help from an experienced professional defense attorney. There is a lot that can be done to help your cause. We believe that no person should have to face unlawful penalty for their actions. We are here to help.

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