If you have been accused of computer crime, you have the right to fight the charges. An experienced attorney can help. At Pearson & Paris, P.C., we have more than 50 years of combined legal experience that we will use in your defense. Perhaps more importantly, our top criminal defense attorney is a former senior prosecutor who knows how district attorneys handle these cases. That knowledge allows us to create effective strategies ranging from negotiation to courtroom battles.
Whether in the Denver area, or anywhere in Colorado, computer crime generally occurs where a person knowingly accesses a computer, a computer network, or computer system or any part thereof without authorization, or in excess of his authorization.
Possible consequences for computer crime
The level of offense for computer crime ranges from a mid level misdemeanor to a class 3 felony depending on the purpose for which unauthorized access was gained and the amount of the resulting damage. A conviction for computer crime as a class 3 felony may result in the following sentencing options to include: (1) probation, with a possible jail sentence as a condition of probation of up to ninety (90) days, or up to a two (2) year work release sentence as a condition of probation, or (2) a sentence to the department of corrections of four (4) to twelve (12) years, but as much as twenty-four (24) years if the court finds the presence of exceptional circumstances, with a mandatory parole period of five (5) years.
Possible Defenses for computer crime
The general approach to defending computer crime is from a forensic standpoint. We may call on computer scientists to analyze whether sufficient proof exists to actually implicate the defendant. At most an internet protocol (“IP”) address may register to a particular computer, but without more, any number of people may have had access to that computer, or the router and modem that connects that computer to the internet. These days many people enjoy internet access through an unsecured wireless connection. That means that if you are the target of a computer crime investigation or charges, you may be able to demonstrate that your unsecured connection does not connect your computer’s IP address to you specifically.
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