Illegal acts using computers and information services are serious offenses in Nevada. They can also be punished under federal law as “computer fraud” or “cyber crime.”
All convictions in criminal cases are serious, and especially a computer fraud conviction. Computer fraud convictions in Nevada create a felony record that may make it difficult to get hired in the future or to pass a background check for any reason.
A person who knowingly, willfully and without authorization:
is guilty of a computer crime in Las Vegas. The most important aspect of this crime is that the criminal defendant did not have authority to access the computer system at all, and therefore did not have permission to do any of the activities on the above list to the computer, network, or other computing component.
Most computer crimes are misdemeanors in Nevada. Las Vegas misdemeanors carry up to 1 year in a county jail and fines up to $1,000. However, certain cybercrimes will be prosecuted as Category C felonies, including:
Any of these crimes is punishable by 1 to 5 years in a Nevada prison and fines up to $100,000. A person convicted of a felony cyber crime in Nevada is also required to pay restitution to the victim. This type of crime is commonly used to further an identity theft scheme, to advance an agenda against a certain company or person, or otherwise to interrupt the operations of a person, business, or government agency.
Nick Wooldridge has a long track record of representing clients accused of serious federal and state crimes in Nevada.
Federal law also defines and imposes punishments for computer crimes:
In addition to the penalties provided by the state of Nevada, the federal government also has laws which provide separate (and sometimes additional) penalties for computer crimes. Federal law is focused more on frauds carried out using computers, especially “hacking.” Not all hacking will result in a violation of federal law, but hacking which involves any of the following could result in federal computer crimes charges against you:
Hacking can include gaining unauthorized access to a computer, changing the way a computer operates, and stealing information from a protected computer. Any of these behaviors individually or in combination can result in computer crimes charges in a federal case against you.
If you are convicted of a federal computer crime, you can be subject to:
Nevada does not have a federal prison located within the state’s borders, which means that any sentence you have to serve based on a federal computer crime will be served in a different state.
Department of Homeland Security – Cybercrime
501 S Las Vegas Blvd #536
Las Vegas, NV 89101
Phone: (702) 738-4350
Nevada Attorney General – Technological Crime Board
Las Vegas Office:
Office of the Attorney General
Grant Sawyer Building
555 E. Washington Avenue, Suite 3900
Las Vegas, NV 89101
Secret Service – Cyber Investigations
100 N. City Parkway, #1510
Las Vegas, NV, 89106
FBI – Cyber Crime
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Computer crimes are a specialized area of law that is best handled by a reputable Las Vegas criminal defense lawyer. Computer crimes investigations can be long and complex, and Nicholas Wooldridge – a federal criminal lawyer with a vast experience in defending cybercriminals – is in the best position to make sure that law enforcement did not break the law while investigating its case against you. If the law was broken during the investigation, critical evidence can be thrown out. The less evidence available against you in a computer crimes case, the less likely the prosecution can convince a jury beyond a reasonable doubt that you are guilty.
Contact us today for a free consultation about your computer crimes case.