New Jersey Defense Lawyers for Internet Crimes
Expert Defense Lawyers Defend the Rights of Clients Accused of Internet Crimes in Gloucester County, Camden County, and Burlington County
The internet is literally everywhere we go nowadays. Almost all of us carry a smartphone that provides continuous internet access regardless of our locations. Not surprisingly, a significant portion of our lives has moved online—the internet is where we shop, bank and, especially in recent months, even gives us the ability to work remotely.
It is equally unsurprising that New Jersey courts treat internet crimes more seriously than ever given the important role the online community plays in all of our lives. Hercules Law Group, LLC can provide the strong, strategic defense you need to fight allegations that you committed an internet crime. The firm combines over 20 years’ legal experience with a passion for creating innovative solutions for clients charged with cyber-crimes.
Most internet crimes are graded as second or third-degree indictable offenses. If convicted, you could face up to ten years in prison and a felony on your record. Some convictions even carry a presumption of incarceration that would mandate prison without parole. In short, even though internet crimes are most often “white collar” crimes, you cannot afford to take risks with your defense.
Hercules Law Group, LLC has a proven track record of success that you can rely upon. Attorney Hercules Pappas is dedicated to remaining current in the face of rapidly changing laws and technology. He handles cases throughout New Jersey, so if you have been arrested on allegations that you committed a cyber-crime, call or contact him as soon as possible for a free case evaluation.
Types of New Jersey Internet Crimes
Just as so many facets of life have moved online, the range of internet crimes that exist are extremely diverse. Hercules Law Group, LLC defends clients who have been accused of all types of internet crimes, including:
- Financial fraud, including credit card fraud and theft perpetrated online
- Identity theft
- Illegal internet gambling
- Child pornography
- Cyber stalking
- Solicitation of a minor online
Computer and internet crimes are defined very broadly in New Jersey. Examples of the types of charges you may face include the following:
- Knowingly or purposely, and without authorization, accessing any computer, computer system, online data, database, computer storage medium, computer program or computer network, are third degree charges. Note that this is a crime based on mere illegal access—altering, damaging or destroying information found through the access can lead to second-degree charges.
- Online theft is generally a third-degree crime unless the defendant attempted to obtain something of value in excess of $5,000, in which case second-degree charges will apply.
- When any type of internet crime results in substantial impairment or interruption of public transportation, communications, water supply, gas/power or any other type of public service, the crime can be graded as a first-degree offense.
Penalties for internet sex crimes involving minors are, of course, even more extreme. Defendants convicted on these types of crimes can be subject to New Jersey sex offender registration requirements—even if there was no physical contact between the defendant and anyone else.
Regardless of the type of internet crime involved, you need the best possible defense team in your corner. Hercules Law Group, LLC is here to put more than two decades of experience to work in your case. Call or contact the firm as soon as possible to schedule your free and confidential initial consultation.
Providing Strong and Innovative Defense Solutions for Clients Arrested on Charges Involving Internet Crimes
Evidentiary issues in cases alleging internet crimes are often complex. Hercules Law Group, LLC works with the foremost computer and technology experts available to build a strong defense tailored to your case. Many internet crimes cases involve allegations that you illegally accessed:
- Email accounts
- Computer networks
- Bank accounts or financial documents
- Credit card statements
- Employee databases
In other cases, defendants may be accused of spreading spyware in order to gain access to sensitive information—or even purposefully using certain types of programs to monitor an ex’s computer activity. Even the most seemingly “innocent” of computer crimes must be taken seriously.
Laws criminalizing online activity are not going away anytime soon. If you have been accused of committing an internet crime, don’t let the prosecutor take advantage of these strengthening laws. Call Hercules Law Group, LLC to speak with a zealous, passionate defense lawyer today.
Call a Qualified New Jersey Defense Lawyer to Protect Your Legal Rights
If you have been arrested on allegations that you committed an internet crime, or believe you are under investigation, call an experienced criminal defense lawyer as soon as possible. When your future and freedom are at stake, there is no time to waste. Hercules Law Group, LLC will sit down and discuss your case and options for building a strong defense in a 100% free initial consultation.
To speak with a qualified New Jersey internet crimes defense lawyer, call or contact the firm today.
Frequently Asked Questions About Defending New Jersey Internet Crimes
If the victim of an internet crime is a government agency—any government agency—a mandatory minimum period of parole ineligibility applies. The period can last between one-third and one-half of your full sentence. Further, it is not a defense if you did not know that the victim was a government agency or if you did not mean to impact a government agency.
Yes. Charges can also be elevated to first-degree charges if someone was seriously hurt or if damages or a loss of more than $250,000 was involved. These first-degree charges can result in up to 20 years in prison and also carry a minimum “time served” requirement so that you must serve between one-third and one-half of your sentence without possibility of parole.
Sexting is a term used when two or more minors distribute illicit or sexually suggestive images or texts over the internet. If an adult was involved in these types of behavior, extremely harsh child pornography laws would apply. The New Jersey legislature has realized that this result would be inappropriate if all parties involved were minors. Sexting is serious, but is usually punished at the juvenile level unless aggravating circumstances warrant more serious charges.