In today’s digital work, cybercrimes are becoming more common. Referring to crimes that target or use a computer, network, or networked device, cybercrimes are harshly penalized in the state of Massachusetts. The following provides an overview of the most common types of cybercrimes in Massachusetts, defenses to cybercrime charges, and how our experienced cybercrimes criminal defense attorney can help if you’re facing charges. Call us directly today to schedule a consultation.
Common Types of Cybercrimes
Cybercrimes may encompass a wide range of other criminal activities, such as stalking, hate crimes, illegal downloads, copyright infringement, fraud, hacking, gambling, human trafficking, child exploitation/pornography, sending sexually graphic materials (aka “sexting”), theft, child enticement, and more. Remember, in order for a crime to be considered a cybercrime, it only needs to target or use a computer, network, or networked device. Cybercrimes—including those mentioned—generally fall into six categories:
- Identify theft
- Stalking and harassment
- Cyber attacks/hacks
- Child pornography and exploitation
Penalties for Cybercrimes in Massachusetts
The specific penalties that a person may face for committing a cybercrime depends on the nature and severity of the crime, as well as the victims of the crime. It’s also important to note that many Cybercrimes are federal offenses, which are more harshly penalized. For example, a crime of child pornography can result in a sentence of up to 30 years in prison and identify theft can result in incarceration of up to 15 years, whereas copyright infringements usually only result in criminal fines (and sometimes civil charges).
Cybercrimes Defense in Massachusetts
The specific defense that is most appropriate for your case will vary based on a variety of factors. Generally, common defenses to cybercrimes include:
- The computer on which the crime was committed didn’t belong to you;
- The computer on which the crime was committed did belong to you, but was used by someone else;
- The evidence against you was obtained during an illegal search and a violation of your Fourth Amendment rights, and therefore cannot be used against you;
- You were entrapped;
- You did not know that what you were doing was against the law; or
- You were unknowingly participating in the crime.
If defending yourself against charges isn’t sensible, your attorney can work with the prosecution to negotiate a plea bargain.
Call The Law Offices of Paul R. Moraski Today
Being charged with any type of cybercrimes could have serious consequences, resulting in large fines, prison time, and missed personal and professional opportunities. If you are facing charges for a cybercrime, you need a strong cybercrimes defense. At The Law Offices of Paul R. Moraski, our experienced criminal defense lawyer knows what you’re up against and how to develop a sound strategy for your case. If you need legal help, don’t hesitate to call our law office directly at (978) 397-0011 or send us a message to schedule your consultation and get started on protecting your rights as a defendant.