Computer crimes come in many forms and can range from forgery to password disclosure. If you have are facing computer crime charges, it is important that you retain the services of an experienced criminal defense attorney who will explore all avenues of defense on your behalf. To learn the difference between the primary computer crimes in Georgia, continue reading. If you have any additional questions regarding computer crime in Georgia, do not hesitate to give our firm a call.
What are the different types of computer crime?
Password disclosure: Committing computer password disclosure occurs when an individual discloses a number, password, code, or other means to access a computer or computer network knowing that such disclosure is without authority and can result in damage exceeding $500.
Theft: Theft occurs when an individual uses a computer with the intention of stealing data or proprietary information or when converting property to use in violation.
Invasion of privacy: Invasion of privacy is defined as taking or appropriating any property of another with or without the intention of depriving the owner of possession. Invasion of privacy also refers to obtaining property by any deceitful means or artful practice or converting property to such person’s use in violation of an agreement or other known legal obligation to make a specified application or disposition of such property.
Trespass: Trespass is defined as using a computer or network without authority to delete, alter, or interfere with a computer program or data.
Forgery: Forgery refers to altering, deleting, or creating data on a network or computer.
What are the penalties for computer crimes in Georgia?
Individuals who are victims of computer crimes have the ability to sue the person who is allegedly responsible to recover damages for loss of profits and other expenses.
Forgery, theft, invasions of property, and trespass crimes can result in the following penalties:
- Imprisonment of up to 15 years
- Fines of $50,000 or less
Password disclosure crimes can result in the following penalties:
- Jail time of less than one year
- Fines of $5,000 or less
For civil action to occur, the victim must take legal action within four years of discovering the crime.
If you are facing computer crime charges in Georgia, it is important that you retain the services of an experienced criminal defense attorney who will fight for your rights in court. To learn more about how we can assist you, give our firm a call.
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