Internet Crimes

Defending internet crimes, also referred to as cyber crimes, is an area of criminal law that is complex and constantly changing due to new technological developments. It is also an area of law that is getting more attention from law enforcement agencies throughout the United States. The FBI (Federal Bureau of Investigation) has created a special division dedicated to internet fraud, called the Internet Fraud Complaint Center, to help devote more time and manpower to locating and preventing internet crimes involving fraud.

If you have been accused of or are under investigation for an internet crime, it is important to act quickly and work with a criminal defense lawyer who has a good understanding of internet crimes and their successful defenses – and who has your best interests in mind. Many of the law enforcement agencies have individuals who specialize in IT forensic methods that uncover the evidence against persons running scams and schemes on the internet.

California internet crime, in general, refers to any criminal offenses that are committed on or through the internet. Examples of some common internet crimes include:

  • Identity theft
  • Phishing (posing as a legitimate company to attain financial and personal information)
  • Business opportunities and work-at-home schemes
  • Internet auction fraud (eBay fraud)
  • Credit/debit card fraud
  • Gambling
  • Click and SEO (search engine optimization) fraud
  • Hacking
  • Spamming (illegal emailing)
  • Internet pornography involving minors

Internet crimes may be charged as felonies or misdemeanors, depending upon the specific offenses of which the person is accused. The length and type of sentence and whether the case was tried in federal or state court will also play a factor in the possibility of jail or prison time. Legal counsel will be able to explain the charges along with the court proceedings to the individual prior to any court hearings.