Even in such a digital age, cyber or internet crimes are still new territory. But if you fall deep into the swarm of information overload and catch a charge, you can count on a criminal defense attorney to lead the way in newly charted territory.

Although the crime accusation you face of determines specific charges, most internet crimes are felonies. The first steps to fighting an internet crime charge include understanding the claims against you and seeking defensive aid.

Types of cyber crime

No case is identical. Crimes committed with the aid of a computer’s internet connection or use of a social media app, are a unique, growing category that fall under the cyber crime umbrella.

These are some common internet crimes:

  • Cyberbullying: This includes sending undesired texts, photos or information thorough the use of a phone, computer or other digital device
  • Hacking: Unauthorized access, including changing or damaging programs and data or infecting someone’s computer with a virus, are internet crimes
  • Identity theft: This includes stealing personal information, like credit card numbers or social security numbers, through digital means
  • Identity fraud: Identity theft can lead to fraudulent activity, like using someone else’s credit card as your own or using someone else’s social security number for tax return purposes

Most of the time, accusations of any of the crimes listed above will lead to felony charges on your record. And penalties of felony internet crime charges can include hefty fines, jail time and paying for damages caused by the crime.

Defense options

If you face charges, it’s crucial to seek legal help immediately.

A Pennsylvania man recently made hate threats on social media directed at specific religious and racial groups. As a result, he faces criminal charges and his case is under investigation by the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation.

One possible defense against internet charges like this is proving someone else used your computer or mobile device to commit a crime. And in cases of hacking or identity theft, you could try and convince the court of law that there was no intent to use information collected illegally in a harmful way.

The internet is a powerful tool that can connect people and tear them apart all at the same time. An internet crime charge could leave a permanent stamp on your record if you don’t seek professional legal help.