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St. Charles aggravated computer tampering attorney

Computer “hacking” has become a hotly discussed topic in recent decades. A number of movies and television shows depict mysterious “hackers” stealing, using, and manipulating computer data for a range of purposes. Although it is sometimes glorified in entertainment, using a computer or accessing computer data without authorization is a criminal offense. In 1996, Illinois passed the Computer Crime Prevention Law. This law makes it illegal for a person to access a computer, a computer program, or other digital information that he or she does not have permission to use. The penalties for computer tampering and aggravated computer tampering vary significantly depending on the circumstances of the alleged crime, but these penalties often involve heavy fines and jail time. If you are charged with computer tampering, it is crucial that you contact an experienced criminal defense attorney to discuss your defense options as soon as possible.

What Is Computer Tampering?

Under Illinois law, computer tampering is a serious crime. Some people may not realize the actions that constitute this offense, which is defined as doing any of the following: 

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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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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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