Before the 1960s, the concept of an internet was unheard of. Throughout the 1960s and 1970s, technology began taking baby steps forward, then strides, and, by the 1980s, it was growing by leaps and bounds. Today, an estimated 95 percent of American teenagers and 75 percent of American adults regularly use the internet. With all that activity, it is not surprising that the incidence of internet criminal activity has increased as well. In the beginning, much of this crime went undetected. Then law enforcement began keeping pace with the internet’s growth, and today, some officials are specifically trained to identify and investigate illegal internet activity. This means that if you have erred and used the internet for some criminal purpose, the odds are high that you will be found out.
If you have been charged with an internet crime, you need an attorney who just is as experienced with this technology as the investigators are. But that may not be enough. You also need someone with exceptional criminal defense experience. The two go hand in hand when it comes to dissecting internet crimes. An experienced defense attorney will be able to find the flaws in the prosecution’s case and defend you against them. The attorneys at Katz & Phillips make it a point to keep up-to-date with the ever-growing internet industry and the crimes involved with it. This can make a significant difference when it comes time to use our extensive legal experience in the courtroom and defend your rights.
Internet crimes run the gamut from seemingly innocent activities to far more serious, intentional actions. You may have heard of the woman in Minnesota who was fined $1.9 million for illegally downloading 24 songs. She never believed she was doing anything wrong. Other internet crimes include spamming, piracy, phishing, hacking, and the creation and distribution of viruses. The Internet can be used as part of more serious crimes as well, such as child pornography and fraud. But as you can see, even a seemingly minor charge can end up costing you your life savings and much more. You could go to jail. This is clearly not something you can risk facing without an experienced attorney.
If you have been charged with an internet crime, or if you think you might be, call the attorneys at Katz & Phillips as soon as possible. Time is of the essence so we can fully analyze the case against you. After we have a thorough understanding of what got you in this fix, we will devote our substantial resources to preparing your defense and resolving your problem to your best possible advantage.