The criminal justice system is constantly evolving, not only as a reflection
of changing societal views, but also as a response to new crimes. Among
newer criminal laws, few are as complex and challenging as cybercrime,
which can include a range of distinct criminal offenses committed using
a computer. Some of the most commonly prosecuted state and federal cybercrimes include:
Cybercrimes can vary widely, and may involve crimes either directed at
computers or technological devices, such as hacking, or crimes that use
computers or devices as a part of facilitating the offense, such as scams,
fraud, and distribution of prohibited materials like child pornography.
Because cybercrime often involves the transmission of data across state
lines, they are commonly prosecuted as
Because cybercrimes have become increasingly prevalent, both Texas and
the federal government devote extensive resources to policing the internet
and arresting and prosecuting alleged offenders. This includes the introduction
of specialized task force units that focus solely on internet and computer
crimes. In many cases, these crimes pose significant, life-altering penalties.
In the case of child pornography for example, federal sentencing guidelines
and mandatory minimums can subject a defendant to years in prison.
Due to the complex nature of these offenses, specialized and resourceful
task forces, increasingly aggressive approaches to law enforcement, and
the serious penalties at stake, cybercrimes demand the attention of skilled
criminal defense attorneys who have experience in handling and understanding
the unique issues they pose, as well as the unique laws and legal strategies
that encompass these offenses.
defense strategies for cybercrime allegations, it becomes essential to understand not only
the legal definitions of these crimes – which generally means the
use or targeting of a computer for criminal purposes – but also
how legal procedures, investigative measures, and protocol apply to these
cases. If you watch the news, you may be aware of stories regarding new
concerns about digital data and how and when a government can obtain these
pieces of information. The concepts of probable cause, unlawful search
and seizure, and other Constitutional protections for suspects and defendants
still reign supreme, but they can take on a new and complex form when
applied to the internet, computers, and digital data.
At The Law Offices of Jed Silverman, our legal team has the resources and
insight needed to effectively advocate for clients charged with cybercrimes.
While defense strategies may have similarities to those in any criminal
case – such as ensuring that law enforcement conducted investigations
and searches in accordance to the law – they can quickly introduce
novel concepts, including proving who actually committed a crime. An effective
defense also requires a technical knowledge of how computers and the internet
function, and how the government says they function for purposes of committing
crime. As with any criminal charge, cybercrimes are unique to the specific
circumstances surrounding an offense and the alleged offender.
If you or your loved one is currently under investigation or have been
charged for a cybercrime, including either state or federal crimes, our
firm is prepared to review your case free of charge and fight aggressively
on your behalf. Attorney Jed Silverman is one of just 10% of attorneys
in Texas to be distinguished as a Board Certified Criminal Law Specialist
by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, and he possesses the expertise
required to handle these difficult cases.
To discuss your case personally with an attorney, learn more about your
rights, and discover what our firm can do to defend against the allegations
and penalties you face,
contact us for a free consultation.