Santa Rosa Cyber Crime Defense Attorney

What is a Cyber Crime?

A cyber crime constitutes as any crime committed on the internet, encompassing a serious of offenses which range from hacking, to identity theft, to stalking and child pornography. While some of these crimes can be prosecuted under California law in state courts, others are considered federal crimes. As I Santa Rosa criminal defense lawyer, I have plenty of experience representing clients that face serious penalties if convicted.

Cyber Crime Penalties in California

Cyber crime convictions are associated with severe penalties, including imprisonment and expensive fines. Federally charged cyber crimes are prosecuted by the United States Attorney General.

The following are the common types of cyber crimes and their correlating penalties:

  • Comprehensive Computer Data Access and Fraud Act (CPC 502(c)) – breaking into computer systems to obtain and alter information
    • Misdemeanor charges can result in one year in county jail and a fine of up to $5,000
    • Felony charges can result in three years in a state prison and a fine of up to $10,000
  • Internet Child Pornography (CPC 311) – producing, distributing, preparing, publishing, developing or duplicating images and videos of minors engaged in sexual activity
    • Misdemeanor charges can result in one year in county jail and a fine of up to $2,500
    • Felony charges can result in a maximum prison sentence of eight years and fine of up to $100,000
  • Cyberstalking (CPC 649.9) – stalking another individual via a computer, includes sending undesirable e-mails to victim, spreading damaging rumors on the internet or posting material to scare the victim.
    • Misdemeanor charges can result in a one year jail sentence and a fine of up to $1,000
    • Felony charges can result in a prison sentence between 16 months and five years, as well as a fine of up to $1,000
  • Cyber Impersonation (CPC 528.5) – impersonating another individual on the internet without their consent to defraud, intimidate or harm another
    • A misdemeanor punishable by a one year county jail sentence and a fine of up to $10,000
  • Cyber Fraud/Identity Theft (CPC 530.5) – Acquiring or using another person’s identity on the internet for illegal purposes
    • Misdemeanor charges can result in one year county jail sentence and a fine of up to $10,000
    • Felony charges can result in a prison sentence between 16 months and three years, as well as a $10,000 fine

Experienced and Reliable Legal Representation

If you have been arrested for committing cyber crimes, I can conduct my own extensive investigation into your case and provide you with the solid defense you need to protect your rights. At The Law Office of Joe Bisbiglia, my firm possesses the comprehensive knowledge of the California and federal legal system related to internet crimes to help you pursue justice.

Contact my Santa Rosa criminal defense law firm today at (707) 200-8948.

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