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Cybercrime refers to any criminal activity involving computers, networks, and the internet. Typically, it encompasses various forms of scams, frauds, identity theft, and cyberbullying. As our reliance on technology grows, so does the prevalence and complexity of these criminal activities. 

Navigating the Complexities of Cybercrime Charges

Cybercrime charges are complex due to the technical nature of the evidence and the often interstate and international aspects of these crimes. Evidence can be difficult to trace, and cybercrime laws are continually evolving. Additionally, the prosecution must prove intent, which can be challenging in the digital realm.

Why Choose Ernenwein & Mathes, LLP for Your Cybercrime Defense

At Ernenwein & Mathes, LLP, we have the experience, skills, and resources needed to investigate these complex crimes. Our criminal defense attorneys stay current in the ever-changing legal landscape of these technological offenses. We can employ sophisticated investigatory techniques in building defense strategies and pursuing the best possible results in charges related to these crimes. 

Arrested, charged, or under investigation? Book a free case review with a Torrance cybercrime defense lawyer by contacting us at (310) 361-3068.

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Cyber Crimes in California

Many types of crimes can be committed over the Internet, impacting individuals, businesses, and government entities. 

These can include but are not limited to: 

  • Phishing: This involves sending fraudulent emails that resemble those from reputable sources to steal sensitive data like credit card numbers. A notable case of phishing involved the infamous Nigerian Prince scam, where individuals received emails from a so-called Nigerian prince requesting financial assistance. 
  • Identity Theft: Here, criminals steal personal information to impersonate victims and commit fraud. A prime example is the Equifax data breach in 2017, where hackers accessed the personal information of 143 million people. 
  • Cyberstalking and Cyberbullying: These crimes involve using the internet to stalk, harass, or bully individuals, often involving threats of violence. It can include sending threatening emails, hacking into a person's online accounts, or tracking someone's location using GPS. The real-life story of Megan Meier, who took her life due to cyberbullying, is a powerful example of such crimes.
  • Hacking: Hacking involves unauthorized access to a computer system or network, often to extract sensitive information or disrupt services. The 2014 Sony Pictures hack, involving the theft and leaking of confidential data, is a high-profile hacking incident.
  • Revenge Porn: This is a form of digital abuse where sexually explicit photos or videos are shared without the consent of those pictured. It often involves retaliation or blackmail by a current or former partner.
  • Distribution of Child Pornography: This involves the dissemination or sharing of explicit images or videos of minors. It's a serious crime heavily penalized under federal and state laws.
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    Charges for California Cyber Crimes

    Charges for cybercrimes in California range from misdemeanors to felonies, depending on the crime's severity. Penalties may include imprisonment, hefty fines, probation, and restitution to victims. 

    For instance, identity theft is a wobbler crime, meaning it could be a misdemeanor or a felony, with penalties including up to three years in jail or a fine of up to $10,000.

    Unauthorized computer use or access could lead to imprisonment for 16 months, one year, two years, or three years, and fines. More specifically, California's computer hacking laws indicate that using a computer or internet service without permission may result in a fine of up to $10,000.

    Most computer or internet crimes in California are prosecuted as felonies and come with substantial jail or state prison sentences. Violations of PC 502(c), which covers many forms of computer misuse, can be penalized with 16 months to three years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000 if charged as a felony.

    Turn to a Prominent Criminal Defense Firm in Torrance

    A seasoned and trial-tested criminal defense lawyer is crucial when facing cybercrime charges. At Ernenwein & Mathes, LLP, we understand the intricacies of cyber laws and are equipped to thoroughly investigate your case to find weaknesses that can challenge the prosecution's evidence. 

    We can also negotiate plea deals or work to reduce penalties. Our team has a strong background in defending against cybercrimes. We can use our extensive knowledge and experience to mount a robust defense.

    Contact us by email or phone at (310) 361-3068 for legal guidance today. 

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