The amount and sophistication of computer crimes has risen dramatically in the past decade. Throughout Illinois and the United States, more and more people are using the internet and computers in the commission of their crimes.
As a result, local and federal law enforcement agencies have increased their efforts to remain ahead of technological offenders. Agencies, task forces, and organizations such as the Illinois Computer Crimes Institute have been created specifically to combat the prevalence of these offenses.
For those who stand accused of any type of computer crime, this increased attention, education and enforcement surrounding computer crime laws means several things. First and most importantly, law enforcement agencies and prosecutors are now better equipped more than ever to arrest, prosecute and convict offenders. The prosecution uses their skills in cyber investigations and evidence collection to craft strong and convincing cases. Additionally, state and federal legislation has demonstrated an intention to come down hard on convicted offenders, and penalties are extremely severe.
Types of Computer Crimes
Generally, computer crimes can take the form of many various offenses. The most commonly prosecuted computer crimes include the following:
- Internet sex crimes
- Fraud crimes
- Intellectual property theft (piracy)
- Hacking and network intrusion
- Identity theft
- Child pornography
- White collar crimes
- Online solicitation of a minor
- Harassment and stalking
Using a computer in the commission of a crime can also subject defendants to more serious federal offenses, as they often involve communication that crosses state lines. In many cases, specialized task forces and subsidiaries of the FBI become involved. Our firm works diligently to challenge the findings, evidence and cases of these organizations and the prosecution, and we fight aggressively to minimize or reduce the charges our clients face as much as possible. Understanding that the criminal penalties, fines and terms of imprisonment you face can be life changing, our Champaign criminal attorney leaves nothing behind when defending your freedom and future.
Patel Law, PC remains ahead of the curve in our efforts to stay informed about the nature of computer crimes and how prosecutors handle cases. As a former prosecutor with years of legal experience, Attorney Baku N. Patel also provides unique insight into the criminal prosecution process. A seasoned trial attorney with a considerable record of success, Attorney Patel has no aversion to fighting on your behalf for a fair verdict.
If you or a loved one is facing allegations for any type of computer crime, our firm is prepared to deliver the experienced representation and advocacy you need. Our firm serves clients in Champaign, Urbana and throughout the surrounding communities of Illinois. Contact Patel Law, PC today.