The number of criminal prosecutions computer crimes of all types have increased dramatically over the last few years. Our society is drifting more and more toward time spent with our computers. We mistakenly believe that anything we do in the privacy of our home or business is something the state or federal government is not part of.
In fact, our computers are monitored in many ways by the police, and individuals are charged every day with allegedly possessing illegal material. More and more, these criminal charges involve computers and the Internet.
Whenever you are accused of a computer crime, the first step we take is to set up your defense team. Many times, actions can be taken to thwart a charge or conviction, depending upon how quickly you contact a computer crimes defense attorney in Baltimore, Maryland. Begin taking steps to protect yourself.
Lawyer for Computer Crimes in Baltimore, MD
Your defense team will immediately review the state’s evidence against you and go into action. That evidence may include information collected from your computer’s hard drive, cache, programs, individuals who claim they saw illegal material on your computer or handled mail sent from your e-mail account, and sites you visited on the Internet.
The Maryland State Police, as well as law enforcement agencies in Baltimore County and the surrounding counties, have specialized programs that collect information from your computer in a forensic fashion and use that data to prosecute you. As a potential defendant, you need to take steps to win your case including:
- Hire forensic experts to analyze your computer and combat the state or federal government’s claim.
- Dig deep into potential ways that other individuals could have used or placed the material on the computer in question.
- Understand that technology is moving faster than it ever has. URL designations can be manipulated by other individuals.
- Mistakes by servers and other providers can occur and need to be fixed.
Attorney for Computer Crimes in Baltimore, Maryland
My name is Jim Crawford. For the past 18 years, I have defended people throughout Maryland charged with a computer crime. I offer a free initial consultation to discuss your case. Here are some are examples of the Internet crimes I defend people for:
- Identity theft, including theft of personal information by hacking into and accessing another person’s e-mail messages;
- Internet gambling;
- Cyber stalking or revenge porn;
- Human trafficking;
- Internet fraud and computer fraud;
- Credit card fraud and identity theft;
- Sale of counterfeit goods over the internet;
- Internet pornography crimes for possession or distribution;
- Sexual solicitation over the internet;
- Chat room offenses, including solicitation of minors;
- Illegally downloading music and movie files; and
- Theft of trade secrets such as customer lists or product specifications from an employer’s computer system.
Maryland law provides for important defenses to computer-related crimes. For example, someone else may have had access to your computer or wireless network. Police may have used questionable tactics such as entrapment to charge you with a crime.
Computer Crimes Unit of the Criminal Enforcement Division – the CED) of the Maryland State Police provides investigative services, both overt and covert. The unit includes the Computer Crimes Section and the Digital Forensics Laboratory. The Computer Crimes Section conducts investigations into criminal activity facilitated through the use of computers, the Internet, and other areas of high technology. The law enforcement officers in the unit focus on the technology-facilitated exploitation of children and provides technical and investigative assistance to other MSP units. The unit helps officers in other agencies investigate crimes against children by providing specialized training in investigative techniques. The Digital Forensics Laboratory (DFL) serves the digital forensic needs of the Department of Maryland State Police Criminal Enforcement Division and the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force (ICAC). The DFL analyses digital evidence using the best available tools and procedures, with examiners available to provide expert testimony when needed. The DFL provides training and technical assistance to prosecutors and law enforcement investigators (including officers with the Baltimore Police Department) concerning the seizure, storage, and analysis of digital evidence.
Locating a Lawyer for Computer Crimes in Baltimore, Maryland
Based on the evidence the state has, our attorneys can determine what we need to do to explain or counteract that evidence. To avoid incriminating yourself, it’s important to talk to a lawyer before you say anything to police about the charges. To protect your future, contact me, an experienced criminal defense attorney focused on computer crimes being prosecuted in Baltimore, Maryland.
Call attorney Jim Crawford, before you talk to police or anyone else. I am available 24 hours a day, seven days a week and operate four offices for your convenience, including my main office in Baltimore as well as offices in Catonsville, Annapolis, and Bel Air. To contact one of our criminal lawyers in Baltimore, MD, call 443-709-9999 today.