New Jersey Internet Crimes Lawyers
Fighting Accusations of Online Offenses
If you use the internet to engage in activity that is considered criminal, the State of New Jersey will prosecute you to the full extent of the law. Being found guilty of a cyber crime offense can result in severe penalties, including imprisonment and/or fines. You'll also have a criminal record, which means that when you apply for a job, housing, or even financial aid for college, the institution will see that information when they run a background check on you.
At Roberts & Teeter, LLC, our New Jersey internet crimes lawyers have nearly 20 years of combined experience working in the criminal justice system. We understand how best to navigate of the legal process, and we will leverage our knowledge and skills to fight your charges. Our team is not afraid to take on complex cases or go up against difficult opponents. Our focus will be on protecting your rights and minimizing the effects of a criminal charge on your life.
We are ready to provide the aggressive defense you need. Get started on your case by calling us at (732) 607-5553 today. Your initial consultation is free.
What is an Internet Crime?
An Internet crime is an offense committed online – whether a network was used to commit the offense or the actual crime was committed on the Internet. Nowadays, the Internet is used for practically everything, which means there are numerous types of crimes that can be committed. Although these crimes are different, they will all be aggressively pursued by New Jersey prosecutors.
A few examples of Internet crimes include:
- Fraud: This occurs when a person uses deceit to obtain some kind of gain off of someone else. For instance, if an individual goes online to sign up for government benefits, and they knowingly use false information to get them, they could be accused of an Internet offense.
- Child pornography: If the person uses the Internet to download or distribute images of children engaged in unlawful sexual conduct, they are breaking the law.
- Ransomware attacks: A ransomware attack is when a person unlawfully gains access to another individual's computer system or network and decrypts their information. The attacker says they will provide the decryption key when the individual pays them a ransom.
- Identity theft: As a greater number of transactions are being conducted through the Internet, more and more personal identifying information is online. If a person steals someone else's information – be it there name, address, date of birth, Social Security Number – they could be charged with identity theft.
- Phishing: This offense involves an individual sending emails that are purported to be from a legitimate company to trick the receiver into providing confidential information.
What Are the Penalties for an Internet Crime?
Because Internet crimes are not just one offense but can involve various types of conduct, there isn't just one type of penalty a person can face. The exact punishments for a conviction depend on the type of offense committed and the specifics of the circumstances. Prior criminal convictions can also increase the severity of the penalties you may face.
For instance, in New Jersey, it's a third-degree offense to knowingly possess less than 1,000 depictions of a child engaged in a sexual act. If the offense involves at least 1,000 but less than 100,000 images, it becomes a second-degree crime. The possession of 100,000 or more depictions is a first-degree crime.
How Can I Fight My Charges?
If you've been accused of an Internet crime in New Jersey, reach out to Roberts & Teeter, LLC as soon as possible. The quicker we get on the case, the more time we'll have to start building a strategy for your specific situation. From the beginning of your case until its conclusion, our New Jersey attorneys will be by your side, providing sound guidance and regular updates. If you've been accused of an Internet crime, act quickly to retain legal representation.
For more details about your case, please contact our New Jersey internet crimes attorneys for a FREE initial consultation.
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