Baltimore Internet Crimes Defense Lawyers
Seasoned Trial Lawyers with Prosecutor Experience
Technological advances have brought us cell phones, computers, and the internet, allowing us to connect with anyone across the globe as well as bring an almost overwhelming abundance of information on any subject. Advances in this field have skyrocketed resulting in more opportunity for connection and communication at home, at work, and in every situation. With these advances, however, has arisen a new area of criminal law—that which deals with internet crimes.
You may find yourself accused of an internet crime without understanding it or the full implications that it may have on your life both personally and professionally. In such a situation, you will want trusted legal counsel from a criminal defense attorney who is experienced in handling such cases in the local courts in your area. At T. Wray McCurdy, P.A., our Baltimore internet crimes defense attorneys have spent decades handling tens of thousands of criminal cases involving all manner of arrests, including those pertaining to the internet. We believe everyone deserves a strong and effective defender when facing any criminal accusation, no matter what it may be.
Internet crime investigation or charges? Reach out to T. Wray McCurdy, P.A. to arrange for a free case analysis at (410) 834-8466.
Internet Crimes in Maryland
“Internet crimes” is an umbrella term that covers a variety of illegal ways to use the internet.
These crimes can include:
- Hacking crimes, as into a secure network to obtain personal or corporate information
- Identity theft, where the internet is used to gain the personal information of an individual in order to secure financial gain
- Phishing scams through texts or emails devised to lure victims into providing private information, such as credit card numbers, Social Security numbers, and more
- Downloading or distributing child pornography materials
- Cyberstalking which uses email or texts to harass an individual, group, or organization
- Copyright and trademark infringement done online
- Spoofing which refers to changing email sender identity to trick recipients into disclosing information/identity
- Extortion over the internet
- Luring minors over the internet, as in posing as someone else in teen chat rooms
- Other types of online fraud or scams
Internet crime law is an ever-changing field as technology continues to advance. However, these crimes are aggressively pursued and prosecuted by the courts. Many of them are charged as felonies, especially in cases where many people have been defrauded and financial damage has been severe.
For example, identity theft accomplished via the internet carries penalties of up to five years in prison and fines of up to $25,000 plus any restitution needed to reinstate the credit worthiness and financial security of the victims. Cyberstalking is generally charged as a misdemeanor but can incur up to five years in prison and/or fines of up to $5,000. Possession of downloaded child pornography or its distribution over the internet is a felony carrying up to 10 years in prison and fines of up to $25,000 on a first offense. Repeat offenses carry harsher penalties.
Ensure You Have Legal Protection
Internet crimes may involve lengthy investigations by specialized groups of law enforcement done to gather evidence. If you believe you are under investigation for such crimes, it is essential that you gain the services of one of our experienced attorneys. You should never answer questions or sign statements from law enforcement without legal representation.
No matter what you are accused of, our legal team will work hard and tenaciously to protect your rights, fully investigate your arrest or charges, and create a legal strategy to best serve your defense.