One fact is certain: the United States Government monitors internet activity. Whether an individual is simply “surfing the net”, downloading content through peer-to-peer file-sharing programs, or communicating in a chat-room, law enforcement surveillance should be assumed, and there is no anonymity in an individual’s of his or her computer. Based on internet surveillance and monitoring, federal agents investigating internet crimes can and do obtain warrant to seize computers. And, contrary to common belief, deleting a file or content from a computer does not make it disappear. Federal agents investigating internet crimes possess the computer programs, time, and funding to retrieve date thought deleted or destroyed.
Computer hacking, fraud, credit card fraud, identity theft, internet extortion, investment fraud, Ponzi/pyramid schemes, investment fraud, lotteries, internet auction fraud, phishing/spoofing (forged electronic documents), and spam can all result in an investigation and potential prosecution for federal internet crimes, or cyber-crimes.
Internet crimes such as acquiring, possessing, and distributing child pornography over the internet often carry mandatory minimum sentences of imprisonment and lifetime sexual registration as a sex offender. It is not uncommon for an curious individual merely looking at images on the internet to find themselves under investigation and indictment for internet child pornography crimes. The potential consequences to freedom and public standing can be disastrous.
Knowledgeable Representation for Internet Crimes Cases
At the Law Offices of James E. Blatt we have been deeply involved in the defense of clients charged with a variety of “hacking” and internet crimes for many years. Our attorneys monitor the latest investigative and technical internet crime developments so that our defense against charges of internet crimes involves cutting edge strategies.
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