Plano, Texas Computer Crimes Defense Attorney
Lawyer in North Texas for Those Charged With Internet Crimes
Thanks to advances in computer technology and integration of the internet into our everyday lives, the world has never been more connected that it is today. In the earliest days of the internet, lawmakers and courts struggled to create and enforce rules to regulate the use of the emerging technology, but such is no longer the case.
At The Crowder Law Firm, P.C., we understand that both Texas and United States law take computer and internet crimes very seriously. However, we take protecting the rights and best interests of our clients just as seriously. If you have been accused of using a computer to engage in any type of illegal behavior, our team has the knowledge, experience, and resources to help you.
Computer Crimes Defense in McKinney and Garland
Under the Texas Penal Code, there are many different offenses that are generally classified as "computer crimes." Most of these offenses involve a person using a computer to gain unauthorized access to information or to a computer network, more commonly known as "hacking." Unauthorized access offenses may be handled as misdemeanors or felonies depending on the computer systems and data in question.
Online solicitation of a minor is also considered a computer crime in Texas. You could face charges of online solicitation for sexually explicit communication with a minor under age 17 through email or other types of electronic messaging systems. Online solicitation can also be charged if you are alleged to use electronic messaging of any kind to solicit a minor to meet with you for sex. Sexually explicit communication is a third-degree felony, and soliciting a minor for sex is a second-degree felony.
You could also face charges for using a computer to allegedly commit credit card fraud, identity theft, or internet-based scams.
Federal Computer Crime Charges
The federal government also prosecutes computer-related crimes under a number of statutes, including the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act of 1986 (CFFA). The Patriot Act of 2002 and the Identity Theft and Restitution Act of 2008 both included updates to the CFFA, and any charges filed under the CFFA carry severe criminal consequences. Those who are suspected of distributing child pornography or engaging in illegal online gambling could also face federal charges. For most federal computer-related crimes, a conviction carries a ten-year minimum prison sentence.
Aggressive Dallas County Defense Attorney
Attorney Darlina Crowder is a skilled Plano criminal defense lawyer with more than 20 years of experience in the practice of the law. During that time, she has secured more than 250 not-guilty verdicts and acquittals for her clients. Ms. Crowder and the rest of the team at The Crowder Law Firm, P.C. are equipped to help those facing computer crime charges in both state and federal court.
When you contact our office, we will go right to work in investigating the nature of the allegations against you. We maintain a network of trusted consultants and computer experts whose input can help us find weaknesses in the evidence put forth by prosecutors. By doing so, we can establish your innocence and protect your future.
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If you or someone you love has been arrested and charged with a state or federal internet crime, contact our office. Call 214-303-9600 for a free consultation and case review today. Our firm serves clients in Plano, Dallas, Fort Worth, Denton, Frisco, McKinney, Garland, Collin County, Dallas County, Tarrant County, Denton County, Grayson County, and the surrounding areas. Se habla Espanol.