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With the advent of new technologies and our increased reliance on them, it is easier than ever for someone to get their hands on all kinds of personal information. Once an individual has access to a person’s name, address, phone number, social security number, or tax ID number, they can gain access to many personal records. 

Identity theft is not uncommon in the United States. In 2016, there were nearly 26 million victims of identity theft in the U.S, according to the Bureau of Justice Statistics. Being charged with identity theft is a serious charge and can mean severe consequences if you are convicted.

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computer tampering, internet crimes, Naperville criminal defense lawyers, computer hacking,  Class B misdemeanorComputer tampering is a crime. In short, computer tampering refers to any action through which an individual knowingly gains unauthorized access to a computer, a program, a computer system, or data stored on a computer or within a computer system. Many different actions may be charged as computer tampering.

Sometimes, a legitimate action is charged as an act of computer tampering. In other cases, human mistakes and computer errors lead to accusations and charges of computer tampering. In any of these cases, an individual faces steep criminal penalties if he or she is convicted. Individuals in this position can fight their charges to potentially have them lowered or dismissed.

Examples of Computer Tampering

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Internet crimes, criminal offenses, Naperville internet crime defense lawyers, cyberbullying, child pornographyInternet crimes are criminal offenses that somehow involve the Internet. Internet crimes, like drug crimes, sex crimes, and theft crimes all fall into a broad category and can be charged in a variety of ways, depending on the circumstances of the actual alleged offense.

Although they occur in a virtual environment, Internet crimes are no less serious than crimes that occur in the “real world.” Today, the Internet is as much a part of our lives as the physical spaces we inhabit like our homes and workplaces. However, there are differences between virtual and physical spaces that have to be taken into account when discussing Internet crimes and charges for them.

If you are facing an Internet-related criminal charge, it is important that you work with a criminal defense lawyer who understands this unique category of charges and can accurately and effectively develop a legal defense strategy for your case.

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Computer Tampering in IllinoisIllinois passed a Computer Crime Prevention Law in 1996 that makes computer tampering and related crimes illegal in Illinois. The statute addresses computer tampering, aggravated computer tampering, and computer fraud. If you are charged with a crime under this statute, you should contact knowledgeable computer tampering lawyers as soon as possible to defend you against the charges.

Computer Tampering

Computer tampering involves accessing data, a computer, or a computer program, without permission from the owner. To be found guilty of computer tampering, the prosecutor must also prove that the person who tampered with the computer did it knowingly. Unauthorized access on its own is a misdemeanor, but if there are data or services that are obtained it is classified as a misdemeanor for the first offense and thereafter is a felony.

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Internet Crimes in IllinoisThe internet has changed our lives in many ways. In regards to criminal law, the internet has created a whole new category of crimes which someone can be arrest and prosecute. Illinois now has a Computer Crimes Institute that provides training to law enforcement to help them successfully arrest and prosecute people who have committed internet crimes. There are a multitude of internet crimes that carry various penalties, but any criminal conviction can lead to lifelong consequences. In light of this, it is important to contact a skilled internet crimes attorney if you are being investigated or arrested for an internet-related crime.

Sex Crimes Involving Minors

Many internet sex crimes involve children, and these crimes can come with especially harsh penalties. Sex crimes that involve minors include child pornography and solicitation of a minor. Solicitation of a minor involves an adult contacting a minor with the intent to engage in a sexual act. On the internet, this often takes place in chat rooms or social media websites, with the perpetrator pretending to be a peer. People that are convicted of violating these sections may be required to register as sex offenders, which will have a significant impact on their future.

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