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:
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:
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.
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.