Las Vegas Criminal Lawyer Explains Technological Crimes

technological crimesUnder the laws in the state of Nevada, law enforcement officers are permitted to seize some of your money, some of your personal property, and some of real property, under specific circumstances. One situation where you could lose your assets and could be forced to forfeit your ownership in property occurs if you are accused of technological crimes.

Nevada takes technological crimes very seriously and allows for both criminal forfeiture and civil forfeiture in connection with certain kinds of technology crimes. Since forfeiture is a very real possibility when faced with accusations that you committed a tech crime, you need to vigorously defend yourself from accusations and fight aggressively to protect your assets.

Our lawyers LV Criminal Defense has extensive experience with cases involving technological crimes. We know the forfeiture rules that you are up against, as well as the types of criminal cases that prosecutors are likely to try to present when you’re facing a criminal trial due to accusations of technological crimes.  To find out more about how we can put our experience to work for you, give us a call.

What is a Technological Crime?

Because technological crimes are subject to different rules for forfeitures, it is important to understand exactly what a technological crime is. Nevada Revised Statute section 179.1217 explains the definition of a tech crime that is used to determine how forfeiture rules apply. According to the relevant code section, a technological crime has the same meaning for purposes of the forfeiture statute as it does in Nevada Revised Statute section 205A.030.

N.R.S. 205A.030 defines a technological crime to include a crime that:

  • Was committed, was attempted, or that you conspired to commit
  • That directly or indirectly involves any kind of network, computer, component, system, or equipment
  • That can be programmed, either alone or in conjunction with other equipment, in order to generate, transmit, store, receive, program, signal, or otherwise interact with anything in a technological format, including optical, digital, analog, electromagnetic, or magnetic technology.

In other words, if you’re committing a crime in connection with computers, mobile devices, software, hardware, or networks, you are probably considered to be committing a technological crime.

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This designation of the offense as a technological crime results in you being subject to broad, strict civil and criminal forfeiture rules. Even if you are not convicted of an offense, under these expansive rules, simply the accusation of involvement with a technological crime could trigger civil forfeiture proceedings that you would have to try to fight against in order to protect your property.

Forfeiture and Technological Crimes

Civil and criminal forfeiture are different processes. Both can happen to defendants in connection with technological crimes.

Technological crimes could result in criminal forfeiture. Once you are convicted of a technological crime, the court or jury would determine the property that you must forfeit under criminal forfeiture rules. If the particular property isn’t available, you could be forced to forfeit other assets.

Under civil forfeiture rules, forfeiture can be mandated even if you are not charged with or convicted of an offense. Civil forfeiture is controversial because it does allow government officials to take property from you even when you are not faced with formal criminal charges. Although it is controversial, Nevada law makes very clear in N.R.S. 179.1229 that civil forfeiture can lead to assets being taken from those suspected of technological offenses.

How Can a Las Vegas Criminal Lawyer Help

If you have been accused of wrongdoing in connection with a technological crime, LV Criminal Defense can help you to fight these serious accusations and try to protect your freedom. Our legal team also understands rules for both civil forfeiture and criminal forfeiture in connection with tech offenses.

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