Cyber / Computer Crimes
Computer crimes, or internet offenses, are fiercely prosecuted on both the state and federal levels in Florida. Florida was the first state in the nation to enact a cybercrime law, and the state aggressively seeks convictions for these offenses. Florida Statute 815.06 designates some of these crimes as first degree felonies, which are punishable by up to 30 years in prison and a fine of $10,000. Additionally, the federal government prosecutes cybercrimes under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act. Since almost every cell phone and computer are used in or affect interstate or foreign commerce and communication, most modern devices fall under the CFAA. A conviction for a computer crime could severely damage your reputation and leave you ineligible for future employment.
Unfortunately, many individuals who are charged with cyber-crimes did not know they were breaking the law. Alleged offenders may find themselves facing lengthy prison sentences and fines reaching hundreds of thousands of dollars. It is important to immediately seek the legal advice of an experienced criminal defense attorney to try and avoid an indictment or minimize the negative consequences of the charges against you.
At the Law Offices of Edwards & Jones, our criminal defense lawyers represent cases involving Internet and cybercrimes such as:
- Breach of Security
- Identity Theft
- Cyber Stalking
- Online Solicitation
- E-mail Fraud
- Hacking or Illegal Intrusion
- Illegal File Sharing
- Virus and Malware Distribution
The prosecution has the burden of proving that your computer was the one used to commit the crime and that you were the person who was operating the computer at the time of the offense. Our attorneys will fight to have the evidence against you suppressed and can often negotiate with prosecutors to minimize the charges. Call us at 352.377.7800 to speak with an attorney about your case.
DISCLAIMER: This website does not seek to nor does it establish an attorney-client relationship. The content is provided "as is" and should not be construed as legal advice on any matter of criminal defense. Seek the services of a qualified attorney immediately following an arrest for any computer crime.