Computer Internet Crimes
Computer Crime is committed when a person knowingly accesses a computer, system, or network without authorization for the purpose of devising a fraudulent scheme or to obtain information from that computer such as documents or passwords.
Philip M. Smith • Attorney At Law • Denver, Colorado
Computer Internet Crimes
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Computer Crime also is committed when a person intentionally alters, damages, or causes impairment of the proper functioning of the computer including damage to software, documentation or data contained in the computer.
Identity theft and fraud and common charges associated with computer crime but this is a wide ranging offense that may include embezzlement, pornography, hacking, war games and more.
If you are being investigated or charged with a computer or internet crime in Colorado you should expect to be served a warrant for search and seizure of all of your computer and electronic devises, software and any information concerning the allegation. If you are being investigated at work for computer theft or altering of data, your employer may have contacted police. Make no statements and DO NOT make a confession expecting any leniency from the detectives assigned to this investigation.
Upon lawful seizure, police forensic investigators are capable of recovering potentially admissible evidence including deleted material from hard drives and other devises collected during the arrest, search, and seizure.
How I can help YOU
I have successfully handled thousands of criminal cases in my career including computer related crimes. As your attorney, I will initiate contact with law enforcement in your behalf. I will review the events surrounding your arrest and charges, examine the evidence and witness statements. I will negotiate with the prosecutor to gain the best possible resolution to your criminal case. As your criminal defense lawyer, I will provide aggressive and effective defense regardless if this matter results in a plea bargain or goes to trial. If you hastily plead guilty, you give up your right to a trial resulting in a permanent criminal record that will remain on your record.
I will employ private investigators and expert computer forensic specialists to examine the evidence and determine if it supports the allegations. We must explore every possible weakness in their case. Prosecutors will look at the intent of your actions and impose the strongest criminal charges against you.
Philip M. Smith has over 35 years of legal experience
as a judge, district attorney, and a private attorney
practicing in all areas of criminal defense law.
As with all criminal allegations it is critical to obtain as much information about the incident as quickly as possible. There are different strategies to approach defending against various computer theft or fraud charges. Every person and every case is unique. I analyze my client’s situation and create an individualized defense strategy to achieve the most favorable disposition in a case which would include negotiating the amount or manner of payment of restitution.
My goal is to negotiate the best possible resolution to your case which would include pursuing a Dismissal, Deferred Judgment, or Diversion / Alternative Sentencing Program if available. Deferred Judgment is accepting a guilty plea and successfully completing probation without violations within the specified time. Upon completion, the plea is withdrawn and the case is dismissed and is eligible for Sealing which permanently removes the case from public view.
Sentencing and Consequences
Computer Crime is almost always combined with other offences. The sentencing for a computer crime charge ranges from a Class 3 Misdemeanor with up to 6-12 months in jail plus fines and up to a Class 3 Felony with up to 12 years in prison plus fines. Sentencing conditions may include probation, community corrections or prison. There is no mandatory sentencing for computer crime.
Contact My Law Office
If you need a criminal defense lawyer to represent you with your Computer Crime charge or if you have questions about your computer offense, I encourage you to contact me, Attorney Philip M. Smith, Denver Colorado Internet Crime Lawyer, 303-333-8900 today for a free and confidential initial consultation.