Fraud and Cybercrimes
A cybercrime is any crime that is committed using the internet. There are many different types of cybercrime that you can be charged with, and each of them carries serious penalties that could affect you for the rest of your life.
What is Fraud?
Fraud is defined as any wrongful act that is committed to achieve financial gain or to cover up evidence of another crime. Fraud plays a major role in many cybercrime cases. For example, hackers may illegally access another person’s computer to obtain their personal information and use it to steal their identity. This is known as identity theft, and it is taken very seriously in the state of Colorado.
What is Identity Theft in Colorado?
Identity theft is a type of fraud that occurs when you knowingly use someone else’s personal information for financial gain. Stealing someone’s credit card numbers in order to purchase things for yourself is one form of identity theft. Another example would be stealing a person’s Social Security number and other personal information in order to open a credit card account in that person’s name. This is considered a cybercrime because most of the time, the victim’s information is stolen through criminal activity on the internet.
This crime is a felony in Colorado, and it carries serious penalties that may include up to six years in prison and fines of up to $500,000. These penalties are enhanced if you have a prior conviction for identity theft on your record.
Fortunately, there are several defenses that a skilled cybercrime attorney can use to fight the charges against you. It’s possible that you did not know you were using someone else’s information illegally. Maybe you entered the wrong numbers by mistake, or were under the impression that you had that person’s permission. Or the evidence that is being used to prove your guilt could have been obtained during an illegal search, in which case it should not be admissible. Let a cybercrime attorney at Reisch Law Firm review your case to determine the best defense strategy that can be used in your case.
Other Common Cybercrimes
Many cybercrimes are committed for financial gain, but others are sexual in nature and they often involve children. Crimes involving the possession, production, or distribution of child pornography usually involve the use of the internet. Luring a child over the internet is also a crime in Colorado. This involves communicating with a child under the age of 15 about sexually explicit subject matters, and then persuading the child to meet with you in person.
Let Reisch Law Firm Defend You Against Cybercrime Charges
You will need an experienced criminal defense attorney if you are facing any type of cybercrime. These cases can be challenging, and may take months or even years to resolve due to the level of complexity. Don’t put your future in the hands of a criminal defense attorney or public defender that doesn’t have the necessary experience or knowledge to properly defend you in court. If you have been charged with a cybercrime, schedule a free consultation with our team of attorneys today by calling 303-291-0555.
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