The last few decades have brought unseen technological advancements which has helped shape much of our society today. Things are more digital, cloud-based, and wirelessly connected than ever before. With this rise in technology comes a downside. Cybercrime.
Cybercrime is the use of a computer to commit illegal actions such as fraud, trafficking intellectual property, stealing identities, or violating privacy.
Cybercrimes vary in how they can take form. Here are some examples of cybercrimes:
Identity theft through the internet
Hacking or shutting down websites
Credit Card Fraud
Interfering or disrupting networks
Stealing private information/data
Ultimately, if you are stealing data, infringing on someone’s privacy, taking personal or monetary information, or hacking a network, you are likely committing a cybercrime.
The penalties for cybercrimes aren’t exactly light. However, the consequences of these actions can vary depending on the damages presented, the severity of the crime, the intention of the crime, and more.
In Texas, the penalties for a class B misdemeanor are 180 days in jail and up to $2,000 in fines. The maximum class A misdemeanor penalty is up to 1 year in prison and a fine of up to $4,000.
A third-degree felony could result in 2-10 years in state prison and potentially $10,000. A second-degree felony could result in 2-20 years in jail & up to $10,000. Lastly, if your actions are convicted as a first-degree felony, the maximum penalty could be anywhere from 5 years to life in prison and $10,000.
If you are facing charges for cybercrime or any other criminal issue, The Law Offices of Jed Silverman may be able to help. Call (713) 597-2221 today to talk to an attorney about your case. We can handle any case, no matter how complex.