Just a few short years ago, internet crimes did not even exist. The idea of being charged with a crime related to being online was merely the stuff of science fiction. However, in today’s world, the internet is just another part of life that we take for granted and the “world of the future” is our present-day. Hacking, phishing, and various forms of online fraud and theft are now crimes under state law (and often federal law, as well). If you or someone you care about is facing one of these charges or any other online crimes in Los Angeles County, talk to an internet crime lawyer at Okabe and Haushalter.
Some of the most common crimes that are committed online are hacking and phishing. These crimes are also considered serious offenses by both the state of California and the federal government.
Hacking is a crime under California Penal Code Section 502 as well as under Title 18 of the U.S. Code, making it a potential federal offense. Hacking occurs when a person breaks into a computer or network that does not belong to them. Even accessing an acquaintance’s social media account without their knowledge and consent could be considered an act of hacking, however innocuous such an act may seem. Hacking into government computers in order to obtain, delete or alter the data found therein, though, could result in major fines and lengthy prison sentences if convicted.
Phishing is prosecuted as a form of identity theft in most cases. Phishing is an act where online means (emails, websites, etc.) are used to obtain the personal data of another person, usually with the intention of using that data for the purposes of identity theft. This, like hacking, is also illegal under state law and federal law, and people who are convicted of this crime could face hefty fines and incarceration in a state or federal prison.
An experienced internet crimes attorney can stand up for you in the courtroom and help you explore all of your options under the law. A defense lawyer can negotiate on your behalf for lesser charges and penalties, and may even be able to get charges thrown out entirely. If you are facing criminal charges related to online activity, choose a defense attorney with a track record of successfully fighting cases like yours in court.
When you are ready to speak to an internet crime lawyer in Hermosa Beach, the attorneys at Okabe and Haushalter are here to help. We pride ourselves on our ability to provide our clients with courtroom excellence in these ever-changing times, and we will keep you informed about your case’s progress every step of the way. We can help you fight the allegations you are facing in a court of law, and we can negotiate for reduced charges and reduced sentences if applicable. Contact us today for a free consultation and let us put our skills to work for you.