Not all crimes online relate to downloading music or movies illegally. There are several illegal actions that can be committed online that will lead to fines, jail time, and more. If you are taking a part in any of these actions, it’s not too late to call a criminal lawyer who can help. It might be tempting to try to make some quick cash, but with the potential outcomes, it’s important to know what can get you into some serious trouble and what the outcomes are. If you have been charged with any of the following crimes, contact a defense attorney who has the experience you need to help.
Spam, Phishing, and Spoofing
These crimes involve intentionally sending messages in order to deceive the recipient into providing personal information. The maximum sentence for this crime is five years if the spammer is acting for commercial gain. It is possible to receive up to three years for the first offense.
- Spam is bulk email messages that are not requested by the recipient. These messages typically consist of advertising, chain letters, or political mailings. There are two types of spam: intentional and unintentional. Intentional spam is when spammers are soliciting products or attempting to commit fraud. Unintentional spam is when a computer is infected with a virus that creates an email distribution process that sends bulk messages from the computer without the owner being aware.
- Phishing is a type of false email that intends to trick you into giving personal information such as bank accounts in order to commit identity theft.
- Spoofing is an email with a header that looks like it came from a legitimate source.
Not Delivering Merchandise
This crime commonly takes place after online auctions. The seller will accept payment for an item, but has no intention of shipping or delivering the item. This also includes attempting to commit fraud or using the internet to execute the scheme. If you are caught and charged with this crime, there is the potential for up to 20 years in prison. Keep in mind that if the crime relates to a major disaster or emergency that is declared by the government, the maximum fine is one million dollars and/or up to 30 years in jail.
This crime is becoming more and more common with the use of social media and bullying has become a hot topic in recent news. This also includes stalking, abuse, or threats. There may not be a financial gain, but the harasser can still receive a two-year time sentence.
This includes providing or selling child pornography online, whether that’s pictures, videos, or computer-generated content. This crime is punishable under state and federal laws and has a minimum of five years and a maximum of a 20-year sentence.
Drug trafficking is using the internet in order to deliver, distribute, or dispense a controlled substance. Sentencing depends on the amount of the drug being trafficked and the type of drug, but this crime is violating a federal drug trafficking law. The sentence is a minimum of 10 years and if death or serious harm is caused, the minimum sentence jumps up to 20 years.
If you have been charged with any of these crimes, contact a criminal lawyer in New York who has your best interest at heart. It is an overwhelming situation to be in, but The Law Office of Lisa Pelosi is on your side. Call a lawyer today to receive legal services and guidance for your situation.