Federal Internet Crimes Defense Attorney to Fight your South Florida Charge
There is a long list of crimes that can be considered Federal internet or “Cyber” Crimes. While later in this article we will describe all of them in detail, it is important to understand that while these crimes may have occurred in front of a computer, they still have real world consequences and applications that can range from state misdemeanors, to serious felonies and, oftentimes, significant federal criminal charges.
If you or someone you know in South Florida is being charged or arrested for a federal cybercrime, the first thing you need to do is contact an experienced federal defense attorney who specializes in internet crimes.
What is a Federal Internet Crime in Florida?
Federal Internet crimes, or cybercrimes, include many different crimes that take place through the use of a computer or the internet. Below are some examples of federal crimes that are commonly committed in South Florida, however, there are a plethora of additional federal internet crimes.
Federal DDOS (Distributed Denial-of-Service) Attacks:
DDOS attacks involve the use of a wide network of IP addresses in order to flood a server, website, or network with requests all at once.
These attacks are normally concentrated at times of high traffic, demand, or importance, with the intention of forcing the intended target to shut down in order to handle all of the individual requests.
The CFAA (Computer Fraud and Abuse Act) Criminalizes DDOS-ing by prohibiting causing damages specified in the federal statute by knowingly transmitting harmful items or intentionally accessing a protected computer.
Federal Identity Theft:
This crime occurs when someone attempts or successfully steals a persons identifying information such as, but not limited to:
- Phone number,
- Bank account information, and
- Social security number.
Typically, the person committing the crime uses that information in order to secure monetary assets, take out loans, or even commit crimes under the pretense of the victim’s identity.
This crime is a form of online harassment that involves many of the elements of in-person harassment or stalking. In terms of statutory law, A person who willfully, maliciously, and repeatedly follows, harasses, or cyberstalks another person commits the offense of stalking, a misdemeanor of the first-degree if the crime is maintained within the state of Florida. Let’s say the person who allegedly committed cyberstalking lives in south Florida, but cyber-stalked or harassed someone in another state - now, the alleged crime is a federal crime.
Federal Trespassing in Government Cyberspace:
This crime involves the act of trespassing on U.S. government networks or servers without specifying the required intent of those actions. If you were to access a government server without the correct credentials or without proper authorization, you may be liable for this federal crime.
Federal law defines this crime as:
When someone “intentionally, without authorization to access any nonpublic computer of a department or agency of the United States, accesses such a computer of that department or agency that is exclusively for the use of the Government of the United States or, in the case of a computer not exclusively for such use, is used by or for the Government of the United States and such conduct affects that use by or for the Government of the United States ... shall be punished”
Swatting is a relatively new cybercrime that involves calling an emergency line in order to persuade police officers to forcefully enter the victims house with the intent of physically inflicting pain on the victim or charging the victim with some form of crime under false pretenses.
While this is a relatively new crime pioneered by social media, it can have extremely serious consequences under federal law.
In the United States, swatting can be prosecuted through federal criminal statutes. It is a federal crime and there are enhanced penalties for violation of the Anti-Swatting Act when there is the intent to trigger an emergency response.
“Any person who violates this subsection with the intent to trigger an emergency response in the absence of circumstances requiring such a response shall … be fined under title 18, United States Code, or imprisoned not more than 5 years, or both”
CONSEQUENCES OF FEDERAL INTERNET CRIMES IN FLORIDA
Consequences of federal internet crimes and cybercrimes differ depending on the crime. There is no broad-brush approach used by federal prosecutors in determining the penalties for such crimes, due to the fact that the impact of said crimes can have various real world applications.
While there are many more federal internet and cybercrimes, below are the federal criminal penalties for the crimes which were discussed above.
Federal DDOS Penalties:
- Up to 10 years in federal prison
- Up to $500,000 in fines
Federal Identity Theft Consequences:
- Up to 15 years in federal prison
- Substantial fines depending on, and commensurate with, the crime
Federal Cyberstalking Penalties:
- Up to 5 years in federal prison
- Up to $500,000 in fines
Federal Trespassing in Government Cyberspace Consequences:
- 1 year in federal prison for simple trespassing, up to 20 years for multiple offenses , up to life in federal prison for death-related offenses
- Fines will vary significantly based upon the severity of the crime
Federal Swatting Penalties:
- It depends - federal Swatting convictions could result in up to 5 years in federal prison and fines.
- Depending on the circumstances, however - such as if serious injuries resulted, up to 20 years in federal prison is possible.
FEDERAL INTERNET CRIMES ATTORNEY IN SOUTH FLORIDA
Federal internet crimes are a relatively new form of crime that have only existed in the U.S. for around 30-40 years.
Due to the fresh nature of the crimes, federal law is constantly changing and evolving to reflect the increase in real world consequences of internet crimes and cybercrimes. If you or someone you know is facing prosecution or being arrested for an internet related federal crime in south florida , contact one of our experienced federal internet crimes attorneys at Rosen Law Firm.
Will can help you navigate and understand the possible, everchanging, outcomes of your federal case and handle it with the utmost discretion and expertise.
Federal Internet Crimes Defense Strategies
Because there are so many different types of federal internet crimes, the types of defense strategies also vary greatly. If you’d like to know some of the defense strategies Rossen Law Firm would employ to help you, give us a call at 754-206-6200 to schedule an appointment for a free consultation.
Free Federal Internet Crimes Consultation in South Florida
We handle Federal Internet Crimes cases of all types. We know how to protect your rights and provide you with a personalized and aggressive defense to your federal charges. Internet crimes can vary in severity, leading to multiple outcomes depending on the specifics of your case.
Rossen Law Firm’s team of attorneys will be able to help you fully understand the intricacies of your case and will develop a strong defense strategy to help you attain the most favorable outcome possible. We turn over every stone to ensure you are getting the best outcome legally possible on your case.
We help you fight to protect your future.
We offer FREE strategy sessions - above and beyond a free consultation - so you know how we’ll work to get the best possible result on your case for you.
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