What Are Internet Crimes?
Internet 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.
Examples of Internet Crimes
Several different types of offense are categorically referred to as Internet crimes. These include, but are not limited to:
- Distributing child pornography over the Internet;
- Using the Internet as a channel to distribute illegal drugs;
- Using the Internet to engage in human trafficking;
- Internet gambling;
- Using the Internet to commit fraud, such as ecommerce scams, phishing scams, and credit card fraud;
- Using the Internet to stalk or harass another individual; and
- Using the Internet to purchase or sell illegal items, like unregistered firearms.
Being Charged with an Internet Crime
Internet crimes vary greatly in severity level. Some offenses are charged as misdemeanors while others, such as human trafficking, may be charged as Class X and other felonies. As such, penalties for Internet crime convictions vary widely, from relatively minor fines to lengthy prison sentences.
Like any other type of criminal charge, you have the right to defend yourself against an Internet crime charge. You cannot be convicted unless the court finds you guilty beyond a reasonable doubt, which it can only do by using available evidence to link you to the crime. Your lawyer can work with you to develop an effective defense strategy, which could make use of other evidence that shows you were not involved in the offense. Your defense strategy could also be built around the lack of evidence linking you to the offense or civil rights violations that occurred in obtaining the evidence used against you.
Work with an Experienced Naperville Criminal Defense Lawyer
Internet crimes are not quite like offline crimes. The evidence used to support an Internet charge is different and often, prosecuting and defending this type of case requires a substantial understanding of computers and the Internet. Contact our team of experienced Naperville internet crime defense lawyers at Law Office of Glenn M. Sowa, LLC today to schedule your initial consultation in our office to discuss your case in greater detail and start developing your legal defense strategy.