Many families own multiple computers these days. Combine desktops and laptops with mobile smartphones and there is plenty of Internet time to go around. However, if you try to access another person’s private computer files or network, it’s considered a crime in most states throughout the country.
In New Jersey, computer related offenses are classified by degrees; first degree is the most severe. If you are convicted of many of these offenses, you will be facing serious jail time.
Computer crime laws in many states prohibit a person from performing certain acts without authorization. In New Jersey, it is illegal to purposefully and knowingly (without permission from the owner) access data on a computer or network. Further, if you try to steal, destroy or change their documents, you will need a good criminal defense lawyer to protect your rights as you fight computer crime charges in New Jersey.
Specific crimes include:
- Accessing or signing onto a computer, system, or network
- Using, changing or deleting programs or data
- Putting a virus on another’s computer
- Attempting to carry out a scheme to defraud
- Getting in the way of someone else’s ability to access their computer or network
- Stealing or falsifying information
The bottom line is that if you use a computer to commit a crime, you need to call John W. Tumelty. He has been defending the rights of good people in Atlantic and Cape May counties for more than 30 years. He is a tough, no-nonsense criminal defense lawyer who will protect your interests in court. Call him today for a free consultation about your charges.