As you know, computer crime is becoming increasingly more prevalent in the digital age, which is why there are various laws designed to prevent it from happening. Unfortunately, if you’ve been allegedly caught violating such laws, you are most likely facing several serious penalties. Our experienced Maryland criminal defense attorney is ready to work to fight your computer crime charges through every step of the process ahead. Please continue reading and contact our firm to learn more about computer crimes in Maryland and how we can help if you’ve been charged with one. Here are some of the questions you may have:
What constitutes a computer crime in Maryland?
In the state of Maryland, as long as the court can prove that you intentionally and unlawfully accessed, or attempted to access a computer, you will most likely face either misdemeanor or felony charges.
What are some examples of computer crimes in Maryland?
As previously stated, “computer crime” is a blanket term that covers a wide array of crimes involving the unlawful use of a computer. Some of the most common computer crimes that our firm sees are as follows:
- Falsifying email source information
- Uploading a virus or another type of malware into a computer system
- Stealing information service from a provider
- Using a computer to commit fraud
- Unlawfully accessing a computer or network
- Unlawfully using, distributing, modifying, or damaging computer data
What are the penalties for a computer crime conviction in Maryland?
When someone is charged with a computer crime, depending on the severity of the crime, they will most likely face a wide array of consequences. If you are convicted of unlawfully accessing a computer, you will most likely face misdemeanor charges, which could warrant at least six months of incarceration. That being said, if you are charged with a felony computer crime that resulted in a financial loss of over $10,000, you may face anywhere up to twenty years in prison and fines of up to $10,000.
Rather obviously, a computer crime conviction can significantly impact an individual for years to come, which is why if you’ve recently been charged with such a crime, you need an experienced Maryland criminal defense attorney on your side who is capable of competently fighting your charges at every turn. Give our firm a call today so we can begin mounting the best defense possible on your behalf.
Contact our experienced Maryland firm
The Law Offices of Debra A. Saltz has decades of experience representing clients in Anne Arundel County and Howard County, Maryland who need legal assistance for criminal defense or personal injury matters. Contact the Law Offices of Debra A. Saltz today to discuss your case.