Internet crimes: You can face serious penalties

Can you get into trouble for sending spam, hacking into a friend’s email account or participating in eBay fraud? Yes, and the consequences might be surprising to you. If you’ve been accused of one of these or other Internet crimes, your attorney can help you build a defense.

What is the most common Internet crime?

Phishing is one of the most common Internet crimes. The crime itself is defined as unlawfully accessing a computer without authorization and then sending multiple emails to deceive recipients. Spam and phishing offenders may face up to three years in prison for their first offense.

Blackmail and extortion are also common. Using the Internet to threaten or cause damage to extort money or other assets of value from another person is blackmail in a nutshell. It’s hackers who often commit this crime when they threaten to expose information if they aren’t given what they ask for. Hackers, on a first offense, face fines and up to five years in prison.

The non-delivery of merchandise is another Internet crime. For instance, if someone orders a package from eBay and that merchandise never arrives even though it was paid for, that is fraud. People who do this willfully may face up to 20 years in prison for fraud.

Our website has more information on these and other types of Internet crimes that you may have been accused of. With the right support, you may be able to develop a defense to help you reduce your sentence or eliminate the case against you altogether. You deserve to have your side of the story heard; you aren’t guilty until proven to be so.