Being charged with a crime involving the unlawful use of a computer is serious and can result in significant, life-altering penalties if convicted. This is why you should retain the services of a skilled and experienced Las Vegas computer crime defense attorney to discuss different legal defense options and strategies.
The statute that governs unlawful acts involving computers in Las Vegas, and elsewhere in Nevada, is NRS 205.4765. Below is the specific statutory language.
Per NRS 205.4765, the unlawful act of using a computer involves the modification, damaging, destruction, disclosure, use, transfer, concealment, taking, retaining possession of, copying, tries to access or enters data, a program or related documents which exist in a computer system or network. That person is guilty of a misdemeanor.
The unlawful act of using a computer also can be a person who knowingly, willfully and without prior authorization modifies, destroys, uses, takes, damages, transfers, conceals, copies, retains possession of or tries to retain equipment or supplies that are utilized or intended to be utilized in a computer system, computer or network. That person is also guilty of a misdemeanor.
The unlawful act of using a computer also can involve when a person knowingly, willfully and without prior authorization destroys, damages, take, alters, transfers, discloses, conceals, copies, uses, retains possession of or obtains or attempts to gain access to a computer system or network is guilty of a misdemeanor.
The unlawful act of using a computer also maybe when a person knowingly, willfully and without prior authorization obtains and discloses, publishes, transfers or uses a device that is utilized to access a computer, network or data. That person is also guilty of a misdemeanor.
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The unlawful act of using a computer also is when a person knowingly, willfully and without prior authorization introduces or tries to introduce a computer contaminant, network or system. That person is guilty of a misdemeanor.
If the violation of any part of this section was done to devise or execute a crime to defraud or obtain property illegally, caused costs, loss, injury or other damages above $500, or caused an interruption or impairment of public services, such as government operations, public communications, or transportation of water, gas or electricity, that person is guilty of a category C felony. The punishment is as prescribed in NRS 193.130: A minimum jail term of not less than one year and a maximum term of not more than five years. The court can impose a fine up to $10,000 unless a larger fine is authorized or required by the statute.
You also can be additionally punished by a fine up to $100,000. Also, the court may order the person to pay restitution.
Note that the provisions outlined here do not apply to a person working on testing, including penetration testing of an information system, system of an agency that uses the equipment or services of the Div. of Enterprise Information Technology Services of the Department of Administration that has been authorized by the administrator, or the head of the Office of Information Security of the Division.
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If you or a loved one has been charged with allegedly committing a crime with a computer in Las Vegas, you should take action immediately by talking to an attorney with our law firm. If convicted, you have a category C felony on your record that will prevent you from finding work, going to college and/or renting an apartment, so this is something to take seriously today. We provide free, confidential case reviews.