Because cybercrime is typically nonviolent, many people underestimate its severity. However, New Jersey takes cybercrime very seriously, and the consequences can be life-altering. As a result, it is important to fully understand the consequences of committing a cybercrime in New Jersey. Read on to learn more.
What constitutes cybercrime in New Jersey?
There are various kinds of crimes that are placed under the category of cybercrimes. Typically, cybercrime constitutes the following behaviors:
- Cyberstalking: This refers to purposefully engaging in a court of conduct directed at a specific person causing fear by engaging in visual or physical proximity to the victim on at least two occasions. This may include calling, writing, or confronting the victim in person.
- Wrongful Access: Purposefully and knowingly accessing any data, computer, computer storage medium, computer equipment, computer system, or software without authorization to knowingly disclose any data, software, or personal identifying information
- Internet Sex Crimes: Looking at, downloading, or distributing child pornography.
- Identity Theft
- Credit Card Fraud
What are the penalties for cybercrimes in New Jersey?
The penalties of cybercrimes largely depend on the type of crime, who the victim of the crime is, and if the defendant has prior criminal charges. Every situation is different, but generally, you will face the following:
- Fourth-degree crime: up to 18 months imprisonment and up to $10,000 in fines
- Third-degree crime: 3 to 5 years imprisonment and up to $15,000 in fines
- Second-degree crime: 5 to 10 years imprisonment and up to $150,000 in fines
- First-degree crime: 10 to 20 years imprisonment and up to $200,000 in fines
What do I do if I am facing criminal charges?
If you are facing charges for cybercrime, it is important to contact an attorney. There are a number of defenses against cybercrime and an experienced attorney will work to reduce or even remove your charges.
If you are facing charges for cybercrime in New Jersey, our firm is here to help. We will examine every avenue of defense. The sooner you reach out, the sooner we can begin building your case. Reach out today to speak with a dedicated criminal defense attorney.
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