A man uses his smartphone to send a text message.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 Fort Lauderdale 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. The expert South Florida federal internet crimes lawyers at Rossen Law Firm are here to help, so do not hesitate to reach out.

What is a Federal Internet Crime in South 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:

  • Email,
  • Name,
  • 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.

Federal Child Porn Crimes

Federal Child Porn Crimes can be related to Federal Distrubution of Child Pornography, and or Federal Child Porn Possession.

Federal law defines child pornography as sharing materials: allowing another person to copy child pronography imagines and selling images/movies. As well as, file-sharing and forwarding messages: anyone who allows another person to copy child pornography through file sharing programs such as peer to peer networks, emailed to another person, posted in chat rooms, or downloaded to computers.

Distributing child pornography is punished more severly then possessing child pornography.

Other related child sex crimes that can also be charged federally include:


Consequences of federal internet crimes and cybercrime in Fort Lauderdale 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 Child Porn Consequences:

  • For Possession: A first time offense has a minimum of 5 years in prison, with up to 20 years in federal prison possible. A second-time offense comes with a minimum of 15 years in prison with a max of 40 years in prison. Fines are also likely, and sexual offender registration is also possible.
  • For Distribution: Punishment for child porn distribution under Federal law 18 U.S.C. § 2252A includes fines and up to 30 years in Prison for first time offenders and sometimes life for repeat offenders. A conviction of a federal child-porn related crime results in the need to register as a sex offender for the rest of your life.


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 to schedule an appointment for a free consultation.

Free Federal Internet Crimes Consultation in Fort Lauderdale

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 with a South Florida federal internet crimes lawyer- 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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