What is an Internet Crime?
Crimes committed using the “internet”. These crimes are quickly increasing and evolving. Data accessed or shared online leaves a trail. Local police along with the Canadian security intelligence service, the federal bureau of investigation and the central intelligence agency are using highly technical analysis of computer data, along with undercover operations, to police the internet. Law enforcement agencies may obtain search warrants to obtain information from computers including identifying subscriber information based on an internet protocol (ip) address.
Some crimes include: fraud, impersonation, harassment, accessing child pornography, possessing child pornography and child luring.
Accessing child pornography refers to viewing or engaging with website content that contains video or images of individuals under the age of 18 in a sexual manner. Possessing child pornography refers to those videos or images being stored on a computer or if that computer’s data shows it has downloaded this material. Child luring refers to communication with a person under the age of 18 with the intent to engage in a sexual relationship.
There are various ways to defend internet crimes and the criminal defense lawyers Connolly Shurtz have several years of experience doing that with a positive outcome.
· Searches of homes and/or offices
· Seizure of computers, phones and other electronic devices
· Mandatory prison sentences
· May be placed on the sexual offender’s information registry
· Name, date of birth, addresses and offenses will be publicly searchable in an online database