Computer crimes encompass a broad range of illegal activities, which can be classified in two general categories:
- Crimes that directly target computer networks or devices.
- Crimes facilitated by computer networks or devices, the primary target of which is independent of the computer network.
Some of the most common and serious types of computer/internet crimes include:
- Identity theft
- Credit card fraud
- Illegal downloading
- Computer hacking
- Cyber stalking
- Computer crimes against a child
- Internet sex crime
- Internet threats
The punishment for Internet crimes has grown worse over the past decade. Fines, restitution and jail time are all common penalties for committing this crime. Worse yet, because local, state and federal authorities can all have jurisdiction, defendants sometimes face multiple counts for the same Internet crime. Those charged with Internet crime in Phoenix’s east valley should promptly hire a Mesa internet crime attorney to protect their rights.