Morristown Cyber Crime Lawyer
Defending Clients Charged with Internet Crimes in New Jersey
We have only just begun to unlock the vast potentials of digital computing. The way that we use and interact with computers is rapidly changing—blockchain, artificial intelligence, smartphones, and other such technologies remain novel and evolving concepts. Though modern computer technology has remained largely neutral or benevolent, some have started to use it for more malicious purposes—both purposefully and by mistake. In fact, many people commit infractions on the internet, also known as “cyber crimes,” without even realizing they were doing anything illegal.
While the criminal and other aspects of the internet are still being identified and explored, the legal team at the Law Office of Joseph S. Scura has devised effective and innovative legal defense strategies to protect those accused of online crimes. Our Morristown cyber crime lawyer understands how the law treats internet-based criminal activity and how to build a defense strategy that will get those accused of such crimes the lightest possible sentence—if not the charges dropped entirely.
Types of Cyber Offenses
We offer representation for all manner of internet crimes, including:
- Cyberstalking and online harassment
- Data and IP theft
- Denial of service attacks
- Email interception
- Foreign influence with malicious intent
- Identity theft
- Internet fraud
- Spreading ransomware, viruses, and other cyber attacks
- Phishing scams
What are the Laws for State & Federal Cyber Offenses in NJ?
Computer-based crimes span a broad variety of actions, intentions, and outcomes.
- Federal Level: The federal Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA) of 1986 aimed to prevent the unauthorized use of computers and computer networks to obtain confidential government information or data vital to U.S. national security.
- State Level: section 2C:20-31 of the New Jersey Code of Criminal Justice, which makes it illegal for a person “purposely, knowingly, and without authorization” to access any data, computer, computer storage medium, software, computer equipment, or computer system and to knowingly or recklessly disclose any of the data, software, or personal identifying information found there.
What Are the Penalties for Cyber Crimes?
Cyber crime convictions rely on highly technical evidence and the penalties can be steep.
- State Level: In New Jersey, penalties for such crimes range from a few months and a few thousand dollars in fines to over a decade of imprisonment and tens of thousands of dollars in fines.
- Federal Level: Punishments for cyber crimes committed against a U.S. government agency are especially harsh. People accused of federal cyber crimes can face millions of dollars in fines and effective life sentences. Companies accused of actions like corporate theft and espionage can face liability in billions.
If you suspect you are under investigation for a cybercrime or have recently been charged and arrested, you need to act fast. Our Morristown cyber crime lawyers are available day and night, so don’t hesitate to reach out to our firm for the legal guidance and representation you deserve.
How We Challenge Cybercrime Charges
Our firm provides defensive representation for individuals and companies facing investigations regarding all forms of cyber crime. Investigation of a cyber crime requires immediate action. If you have learned that the FBI or another government agency is reviewing or investigating your online activity and a potential cyber crime, now is the time to take steps to protect yourself by talking to a lawyer.
We always tailor our defense strategies to each individual and their unique case. Some methods we can use to bolster your case include:
- Inform you of your legal rights and work to uphold them
Handle early intervention into the investigative process to help prevent
it from leading to civil or criminal charges
- If you have already been charged, we will fight to avoid liability and keep you out of prison
- Negotiate with federal or state agencies before an arrest is made
- Examine evidence collected against you to better craft a defense
- Determine which defense, such as lack of intent or accidental access, works best for your case
- Seek alternative approaches to sentencing that best uphold your freedom and/or reputation
- Offer straightforward and honest legal counsel concerning the legal issues surrounding your case to help you better navigate your situation
We Strategize Based Off Each Clients’ Unique Situation
Extensive Knowledge That Equals Results
Complex & Aggressive Criminal Representation
Your Initial Consultation Is Free
Our Firm Believes in Transparent Communication
We Provide Personalized Attention to Each Case