Both the federal and Florida state government are spending significant man hours and tax dollars investigating and prosecuting computer fraud and internet fraud today, arguing that cyber fraud is on the rise and steadily becoming more advanced and more lucrative for those involved. Entire task force teams have been organized by the government for the sole purpose of tracking, investigating, and charging individuals suspected of illegally using computers and the internet for fraudulent purposes.
Internet Crimes: Sex Crimes over the Internet
Computers are being used more and more in sex crimes, so much so that most sex crimes criminal defense attorneys are adept at defending computer fraud matters due to the increasing overlap in the two types of criminal charges.
For example, as sexual predators continue to find advantages in the anonymous access to minors via MySpace and other internet sites, and as those seeking prostitution services or pornography sales find the internet a growing marketplace with a low risk for exposure and arrest, the use of computers for this type of criminal activity is expected to steadily escalate. Call Miami attorney Ken Swartz to schedule an initial consultation if you or someone you know has been accused with any type of internet crime.
Internet Crimes: Computer and Internet Fraud
The most common forms of computer / internet fraud being prosecuted are:
Cyber Fraud (online investment opportunities, pyramid schemes, credit card fraud)
Dealing with Stolen Property
Online Child Solicitation
Online Drug Sales (prescription drugs without a prescription or without a license)
Using Checks without Authorization
Internet Crimes: Computer Hacking
Computer hacking involves accessing computer information without permission, usually but not always for financial gain. Hackers can steal financial information, trade secrets, passwords, or simply gain access to ongoing communications and other private data. Under federal law, hackers face up to 20 years in prison and $200,000 in monetary fines as well as the likelihood of additional sentencing under wire fraud charges.
Defending Defendants Charged With Internet Crimes
Swartz Law Firm is dedicated to protecting the rights of those accused of internet crimes under either state or federal law. This may mean challenging the efforts of one or more state or federal agencies (such as the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Drug Enforcement Administration, and the U.S. Department of Justice) to the extent that in some cases lawsuits may even be filed in federal court against the agencies to stop their intrusive and illegal tactics from violating basic, constitutionally protected rights including those of due process and the right to privacy.
Another common and aggressive criminal defense asserted in internet crime matters involves pleading the defense of entrapment, and forcing the government to defend its use of sting operations and cloaked activities in their investigation of internet crime. This can be particularly beneficial in claims of illegal online gambling and crimes involving online child solicitation.
Swartz Law Firm Represent Defendants Charged With Internet Crimes
With over 25 years of trial experience as criminal defense lawyer in Miami, Ken Swartz represents individuals who have been accused or charged with internet crimes or computer offenses that involve the risk of serious imprisonment or jail time and significant monetary fines and loss of property.
If you or a loved one is facing federal or state charges involving internet crimes or computer offenses and the risk of serious incarceration or monetary fines, then please feel free to call Swartz Law Firm to schedule an initial consultation with a top Miami criminal defense attorney.
Aggressively and expertly defending people who have been accused or charged with a serious crime in state or federal court – it's what we do. Call us if we can be of help to you.