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Have you or a loved one been charged with a computer crime in Minneapolis, St. Paul, or anywhere else in the State of Minnesota? If so, you may need the help of Gaskins Bennett Birrell Schupp LLP to defend you. Our team of defense attorneys have decades of experience handling all types of white collar crimes cases, including computer crimes. With multiple “Super Lawyers” in our law firm, you are in the right hands if you are looking for a criminal defense attorney with a history of success. Our defense attorneys have won jury acquittals for our clients in various types of white collar crimes, such as computer-related crimes. Call now to take the first step at protecting your future.
About Computer Crimes
The most basic definition of a computer crime is something occurring that would be considered a crime on its own, but in this case is done with the use of a computer. Many times computer crimes involve the Internet, but that does not always have to be the case. A person intentionally accessing private data from a computer without authorization is committing a computer crime, whether or not the crime was committed on that computer directly or across the Internet. Some common computer crimes include:
- Theft of technology
- Internet phishing scams
- Unauthorized computer access (hacking)
- Identity theft
Penalties for Computer Crimes in Minnesota
Two common and broad computer crimes in Minnesota are computer damage and computer theft. These crimes are penalized based on the monetary value of damage done:
- Less than $500 damage—up to 90 days in jail, up to $1,000 fine, or both
- Between $500-$2,500 damage—up to 5 years in prison, up to a $10,000 fine, or both
- Over $2,500 damage—up to 10 years in prison, up to a $50,000 fine, or both
Protect Your Rights
Although computers have been around for many years now, technology is moving at a much faster pace than the justice system. Because of this, it is often difficult for investigators to get information they need without violating a suspect’s rights. If you are under investigation for any type of computer crime in Minnesota, it is important that you contact the attorneys at G|B|B|S right away to ensure your rights are protected. Even if you have done nothing wrong, it is important to have a knowledgeable and competent attorney on your side because of the complications that can arise from computer crimes and investigations into computer crimes.