When most people think of internet crimes, they picture those cyber offenses that are related to sexual activities. Internet crimes are much different than other types of physical offenses, such as
battery or violent crimes. However, an internet crime, such as online bullying, has been known to lead to cases involving suicide and other harmful acts of violence upon oneself. Furthermore, criminal threats made across the internet can be construed as verbal
assault, a crime that is heavily prosecuted in our state. A Tampa criminal defense attorney from The Law Office of Timothy Hessinger is here to reveal the truth about the different types of internet crimes.
- Internet Sex Crimes: These offenses include the electronic transmission of explicit material in the case where the recipient of the message is a minor, where the individual in a photograph or video is a minor, or any other instance of child pornography. Additionally, sexual solicitation is considered to be a very serious online crime, as human trafficking is a serious problem in the community.
- Online Crimes of Assault: Believe it or not, assault can happen in the online realm. A person who makes criminal threats towards another person online with or without the intention of carrying out the act of violence may be charged with a crime if the recipient feels threatened.
Cyber Crimes Involving Theft: A person can commit
theft in a variety of ways online. By hacking onto another's bank account or email, a person may be capable of retaining vital information and may be able to therefore access the account of an unsuspecting victim for financial gain.
Computer Fraud: Fraudulent activity, such as credit card
fraud, identity theft, or bank fraud may all occur online. When a person steals another's identity or attempts to use another's credit card online under false pretenses, he or she may be charged with computer fraud.
While there is a wide variety of ways that a person can find themselves in trouble online, there are also many defense strategies that an effective Tampa criminal defense lawyer can employ. At our law firm, we understand the many defense strategies that we can take in order to protect the rights of our clients. We know that these charges are very serious, and whether they have come forth accidently or due to a misunderstanding, having an attorney should be your main priority.
Our law firm has over two decades of combined experience as aggressive prosecutors, and we are not afraid to put our background to work for you. We can pursue all of your options while helping you avoid jail and other serious consequences. No matter what charges you may be facing, we want to help! Contact a Tampa criminal attorney from our office without delay.