Computer crimes are growing increasingly common, and in some cases the laws haven’t exactly caught up to them, meaning some of the penalties for a conviction can be particularly severe. It’s important to be aware of these illegal activities and avoid them at all costs in order to prevent yourself from facing the possibility of penalties including long jail sentences and humongous fines.
Perhaps the most widely-committed crime is illegal downloading, which can take place in so many different forms that it’s difficult to keep up with the constantly evolving laws. At its core, however, illegal downloading is simply consuming or making an unauthorized copy of a copyrighted work, whether it’s a text, video, picture, music, or any other type of media. This can also include re-broadcasting a piece of media which you do not own the rights to, or using a piece of media that you do not have the rights to on a broadcast.
Illegal downloading is prosecuted on a federal level, and the penalties for a guilty conviction border on extreme: each individual file found to be illegally downloaded can lead to a maximum fine of $150,000 per file in addition to up to five years in jail and the possibility of the copyright holder filing suit for damages and legal fees.
Solicitation of a Minor
Solicitation of a minor is a sex crime in which an adult uses electronic means to arrange a meeting with a minor with the intent of having sex with them. This crime not only has the typical penalties of prison time and fines, but those convicted are also required to register as a sex offender according to Massachusetts law. It can be difficult to prove guilt in a child enticement case, but nonetheless the ramifications of a guilty verdict can extend for many years, even after your penalties come to a completion.
Wire fraud is the use of any interstate telecommunications wires to defraud another individual. Today, this is most commonly seen in email scams, phishing practices and more. The internet has made these crimes easy to commit and spring on unsuspecting victims, and as such the federal government has come down hard on those who perpetrate these scams. This is a crime where the victim also does not have to be an individual; businesses and financial institutions can also be victims.
A conviction can warrant you up to 20 years in prison for just a single fraudulent action against an individual, however, the fines can increase tremendously, up to $1,000,000, if the victim is a financial institution.
If you are facing charges of a computer crime, contact the skilled Worcester criminal defense attorneys at Murphy & Rudolf, LLP. Our team of legal representatives can provide you with experienced and knowledgeable legal counsel to help you combat your charges. With more than 50 years of combined legal practice experience, you can trust that we have the resources you can trust to handle your case in an effective and professional manner.
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