A Firm Providing Savvy Defense Against Connecticut Computer Crimes Charges
The surge in technology and widespread use of personal computers and smartphones has led to a sharp rise in alleged computer crimes. It is possible to face multiple computer crime charges simultaneously. These allegations can be charged under both state and federal law. Connecticut’s current computer crime laws are broad and enforced liberally. This makes it relatively simple for law enforcement officials to arrest individuals for computer crimes.
If you are under investigation for Connecticut computer crime charges, it is crucial to consult an experienced defense attorney; one with a deep understanding and comprehensive knowledge of computer technology, criminal defense and the court system. Do not volunteer information to police or other law enforcement. Instead, reach out to the skilled legal team at The Maddox Law Firm, Inc. Call 203-298-3154 to learn about your rights and legal options during an initial consultation.
Charges Of Unauthorized Access To Computers
You violate Connecticut law when you access a computer or computer system without authorization. Whether physically using a computer or remotely accessing it through a network, unauthorized access is a crime. This includes stealing or misuse of passwords or bypassing password-protected files. Although investigations and arrests based upon unauthorized access sometimes involve what may appear to be an apparent attempt to benefit financially or in some other way from that access, additional instances can be less transparent and appear to be initially benign. Examples include computer access conducted by separated or divorcing spouses or during a partnership or business dispute.
Classifications And Related Penalties
The consequences of a computer-related crime depend on how it is classified and charged. A summary is provided below:
First Degree: The charge would apply if the damage caused to the property or computer services, or value exceeds $10,000. Engaging in this form of computer crime is a Class B felony, a severe offense. If found guilty, the perpetrator may be sentenced to up to 20 years of imprisonment, a maximum fine of $15,000 and probation.
Second Degree: If the damage to property, value, or computer services affected exceeds $5,000, this computer crime is a Class C felony. This entails a maximum sentence of 10 years imprisonment, a fine of up to $10,000 and probation.
Third Degree: This is considered a Class D felony. If found guilty of this crime, someone may face penalties of up to 5 years imprisonment, a maximum fine of $5,000 and probation.
Charges in the Fourth Degree, a Class A misdemeanor, come into play when the damaged equipment’s value falls between $501 and $1,000. If found guilty, violators can face imprisonment for up to 1 year, a fine of $2,000 and probation.
Similarly, charges in the Fifth Degree, a Class B misdemeanor, are when the value of damage or services is $500 or less. This offense is a prison sentence of up to 6 months, a fine of $500 and probation.
Your Defense Preparation Starts As Soon As You Contact Our Firm
As soon as you are arrested for a Connecticut computer crime, contacting a reputable criminal defense firm is critical. Seeking legal assistance will enable you to understand the allegations and potential evidence, protect your rights and take the necessary steps to resolve your case, sometimes even by a dismissal. Do not hesitate to act and protect your future.
To discuss your case with one of the skilled attorneys at The Maddox Law Firm, call us at 203-298-3154 or submit an online contact form to request an initial consultation. Hablamos español. Nous parlons français.