There are few things worse than being charged with a crime. Unfortunately, today’s technological landscape makes it easier than ever to commit cybercrimes, however, if you are being charged with allegedly committing a cybercrime in Maryland, you are most likely very worried about the potential penalties you may face–and rightfully so. Maryland law takes cybercrimes very seriously, and if you’ve been charged with one, you must not wait to speak with a knowledgeable Annapolis, Maryland criminal defense lawyer. Continue reading and contact our firm to learn more about these crimes in Maryland and how we can assist you if you’ve been charged with one. Here are some of the questions you may have:
What are some examples of cybercrimes?
There are various crimes that fall under the blanket term of “cybercrime.” Some of the most common types of cybercrimes that our firm sees are as follows:
- Identity theft (e.g. pretending to be another person or posing as a member of an organization, generally in pursuit of financial gain)
- Internet sex crimes (e.g. viewing, downloading, or selling child pornography)
- Credit card fraud (e.g. credit card theft, making false statements to obtain credit cards, or gaining anything of value because of credit card fraud)
- Wrongful access (purposefully accessing any private data that you do not have the legal authority to view or disclose)
What are the penalties for cybercrime in Maryland?
Depending on the severity of your alleged crime, you may face a wide array of potential penalties. Depending on the type and severity of the cybercrime in question, a person can face anywhere from six months to twenty years of incarceration, as well as fines of up to $10,000.
Once you are convicted of a crime, you will develop a criminal record. Unfortunately, having a criminal record can prevent you from getting certain jobs, living in certain places, and even securing certain loans, among a wide range of other consequences.
As you can see, the penalties you may face for a cybercrime charge in Maryland are severe, which is why if you’ve been charged with one, you simply cannot afford to proceed without the services of a knowledgeable Maryland criminal defense attorney on your side. If you have any other questions or need a lawyer who can fight for you, simply contact us online or give us a call today. Our firm is here to help you.