Cyber Crime Attorney Federal Criminal Defense in West Palm Beach

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The term "cyber crime" generally refers to criminal activities carried out by means of computers or the Internet.  A computer or the Internet may have been used in the commission of a crime, or it may be the target of a crime. Cyber crimes often fall under the category of "white collar crimes," and may include: 


Computer hacking or trespass 

Invasion of privacy 

Conducting illegal financial transactions or wire fraud 

Bank fraud 

Credit card or debit card fraud 

Securities fraud and manipulation of markets

Embezzlement 

Identity theft

Spreading a computer virus or network attacks 

Phishing scams 

Cyberstalking 

Child pornography 

Enticing a minor through the use of a computer 

Sexual texting (sexting) 


Federal Criminal Defense in West Palm Beach 

Cyber Crimes in West Palm Beach

Cyber Crime is a FBI Priority

The FBI is the lead federal agency for investigating cyber crime and considers the threat of cyber crime to be dangerous and growing.  In recent years, the FBI has built a whole new set of technological and investigative capabilities and partnerships to combat cyber crime, including: 


  • A Cyber Division at FBI Headquarters “to address cyber crime in a coordinated and cohesive manner”; 
  • Specially trained cyber squads  who investigate computer intrusions, theft of intellectual property and personal information, child pornography and exploitation, and online fraud; 
  • New Cyber Action Teams that gather intelligence to identify the cyber crimes that are most dangerous to our national security and to our economy; 
  • The FBI Computer Crimes Task Forces that combine state-of-the-art technology with the resources of federal, state, and local counterparts; 
  • A growing partnership with other federal agencies, including the Department of Defense and the Department of Homeland Security.

If you have been charged with a computer-based crime, it likely means serious trouble. In most cases, federal investigators have been monitoring suspects and collecting data on computer activity for months. The penalties for cyber crimes under the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines are steep.

Forensic Defense Evidence is Crucial

At the Law Office of Ann Fitz, we understand the seriousness of your cyber crime case and know how to defend you.  Any crime that involves the use of a computer or the Internet could result in the immediate seizure of all personal and business computer hardware and digital files. Ann Fitz has worked with law enforcement to obtain mirror images of hard drives to conduct an indepentent investigation and she often develops a strategy in cyber crime cases by working with forensic experts who examine all types of computer devices.  Experts will investigate security issues and capture and organize digital evidence, including critical dates, downloaded material, web history, transaction records, cellular data, etc., which can provide crucial evidence in support of your defense. 


If you've been charged with a federal cyber crime, call us today to schedule your free initial consultation.