Freeport attorneys who represent criminal clients sometimes specialize in non-violent crimes that relate to financial matters and are often called “white collar” crimes. The government tends to view most white collar crimes as less severe than violent crimes and penalties for white collar crimes usually include fines, prison terms that run shorter than violent crimes, and/or criminal forfeiture of assets or property. Even though white collar crimes are typically seen in a more favorable light than violent crimes, it’s still a good idea to contact a Freeport attorney if charged with committing this type of crime.
Cybercrime is a growing area of white collar crime that Freeport attorneys who practice criminal defense law are becoming savvy in representing. This area of crime deals with computers and other technology. The U.S. Department of Justice issued a report in May, 2001 that stated that the United States is number one in the world as far as using the Internet for communication as well as commerce purposes, not to mention electronic commerce spending.
Computers can be used to commit a wide variety of crimes. Some cyber crooks use computer software programs to perpetrate online frauds such as computer scams that give them access to consumer financial information. Others hack into other people’s computers to steal their credit information and identities. Those accused of this type of cybercrime should consult with a Freeport attorney skilled in practicing criminal defense to get the best legal representation possible.
As Freeport attorneys who are familiar with cybercrime can attest, Internet fraud is defined as any type of scheme or activity that utilizes the World Wide Web to fraudulently solicit prospective victims, to conduct fraudulent transactions, or to transmit the proceeds gained by fraud to financial institutions, other organizations, or individuals connected to the scheme.
Cyberstalking is when a person uses the Internet or World Wide Web in some way to harass another person, often through chat rooms, electronic mail, mail exploders, or newsgroups. Particularly sophisticated cyber stalkers can use their skills to gain personal information about their victims like home addresses and phone numbers. At that point, they may escalate to real-life stalking and present physical danger to their targets. If you find yourself accused of cyber stalking, it’s a good idea to contact a Freeport attorney to discuss your options.
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