Computer Crimes in Minnesota
The creation and widespread use of new technology often means better ways to do things and increased productivity and communication. It also means new ways to get into trouble, including new forms of fraud and theft.
Crimes involving computers and the Internet are typically either white collar crimes or crimes involving sexual misconduct. White collar computer and Internet crimes include:
- Theft of Technology
- Internet Phishing
- Promoting a Computer Virus
- Computer Theft
- Computer Damage
- Fraud, and
- Unauthorized Computer Access.
Crimes such as identity theft, credit card fraud, and credit card theft can also be considered computer crimes if a computer was involved in the act.
Computer crimes can carry heavy legal and social consequences. You may face large fines and/or jail time. You may also find it difficult to obtain a loan, housing, and/or employment in the future. Additionally, Internet crimes are generally considered federal crimes, which means a conviction could also mean the loss of voting privileges, passport restrictions, limitations on the right to bear arms, and a long prison sentence in a federal facility.
If you have been or suspect you are about to be charged with a computer crime, you need representation by a qualified criminal defense attorney to ensure your rights are protected. For additional information regarding computer crimes in Minnesota, or to set up a free consultation, contact Carolyn Agin Schmidt.