Cyber or internet crimes involve any sort of criminal activity that took place over the internet. Due to the fact that internet crimes cross state lines, they can be prosecuted in state or federal court.
If you are facing charges for an internet-based crime in Philadelphia, do not hesitate to retain an aggressive defense attorney as quickly as possible. The sooner you have a knowledgeable legal advocate at your side, the sooner they can investigate your case and procure the evidence necessary to help your case.
What Are Considered Cyber Crimes?
Under Pennsylvania’s Consolidated Statues, there are various types of internet crimes and cyber-related offenses. The penalties depend on the specifics of the case and a variety of other factors.
Common cyber and internet crimes include the following:
- Online Harassment
- Online Child Pornography
- Computer Trespass
- Computer Theft
- Unlawful Use of Computers and Email
- Online Stalking
What Are the Associated Penalties?
The consequences for any criminal offense in Pennsylvania will be determined by looking at the offender’s prior record, if a deadly weapon was used, the gravity score associated with the crime and other aggravating factors.
Below is a list of potential maximum penalties:
- Online Harassment: Fines up to $2,500 and/or time in jail for up to 1 year.
- Online Stalking (1st offense): Fines up to $10,000 and/or up to 5 years in jail.
- Possession of Online Child Pornography, Computer Trespass, Computer Theft, and Unlawful Use of Computers or Email: Fines up to $15,000 and up to 7 years in prison.
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