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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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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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