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St. Charles identity theft attorney

The Internet has become one of the most important elements of the modern world. As Internet use becomes more and more pervasive, so do Internet-based crimes. Cybercrime can include identity theft, information theft, hacking, phishing, fraud, and more. Hacking and other types of cybercrimes are looked upon by some people as little more than a recreational activity. A number of television shows and movies have glamorized certain forms of cybercrime while downplaying the severity of these offenses. To be clear, identity theft and other types of Internet crimes are serious criminal offenses that are punishable by harsh fines and substantial jail time in Illinois.

Financial Identity Theft Versus Criminal Identity Theft

Financial identity theft occurs when an individual illegally acquires another party’s financial information and uses it to make withdrawals from the victim’s bank account, open credit card accounts in the victim’s name, apply for loans, make unauthorized purchases, and more. There are countless ways that this type of identity theft can happen. For example, financial identity theft may occur when the alleged offender finds the victim’s credit card details discarded in the trash and then uses the data to make purchases online. Data breaches may allow people’s bank account information and PIN numbers to be released online and available to the public. More recently, devices called credit card skimmers are being used to steal the information contained in a credit or debit card’s magnetic strip.

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St. Charles Internet sex crimes defense attorney

Being accused of an Internet sex crime can be absolutely devastating, both personally and professionally. If you are found guilty of an online sex crime such as child pornography or indecent solicitation of a minor, you can face much more than incarceration. You may also be required to register as a sex offender and face a lifetime of social stigma. Finding housing and employment can be nearly impossible when you have a sex-related criminal conviction on your record. If you or a loved one has been charged with indecent solicitation of a minor in Illinois, contact a qualified criminal defense attorney immediately so that you can start building a strong defense against the accusations as soon as possible.

Illinois Law Regarding Online Solicitation of a Minor

Illinois law states that an individual commits indecent solicitation of a child if he or she solicits a person under age 17 to perform sex acts and intends to commit criminal sexual assault, aggravated sexual assault, predatory sexual assault of a child, or aggravated sexual abuse. “Soliciting” is defined in the Illinois Compiled Statutes (ILCS) as requesting, demanding, authorizing, inciting, or advising someone to perform a certain act. Solicitation can refer to communications that take place in person as well as over the phone or using Internet communication.

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Naperville Internet crimes defense lawyer

As technology evolves, people find new ways to use it both positively and negatively. The phrase “cyberbullying” is not new and has received a lot of media attention throughout the years as people seek to raise awareness of this modern version of harassment. Cyberstalking is a type of cyberbullying that has emerged over time. While cyberstalking has been seen by some as simply watching what someone posts on social media, the act of cyberstalking has become a real way to invade and threaten a person’s privacy. However, due to the nature of the Internet, there are instances in which someone might be falsely accused of cyberstalking if comments are taken out of context or misinterpreted. Therefore, it is important to seek legal counsel if you are facing charges for an Internet crime such as this. 

What Is Cyberstalking?

According to the Cyberbullying Research Center, cyberstalking involves the use of technology to make someone else afraid or concerned about his or her safety. This type of bullying is not typically a one-time occurrence but a consistent form of harassment. Studies from the Data & Society Research Institute and the Center for Innovative Public Health Research found that 8 percent of American Internet users age 15 and up have felt unsafe or afraid as a result of cyberstalking. Females appear to experience the most severe forms of stalking, specifically through physical threats and sexual harassment. Many perpetrators prefer cyberstalking because of the few barriers that exist between them and the victim. The stalker can instantly target their victim while remaining at a distance.

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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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