Cyber Crimes

Westchester County Internet Crimes Attorney

Experienced New York Cybercrimes Defense Lawyers

teenager play in computer gameCybercrime is a growing problem in the state of New York and across the country. Law enforcement, including the FBI, are actively seeking out people who commit these crimes. The term “cybercrime” is wide ranging and can include everything from simple harassment to cyber stalking, cyber terrorism, and cyber warfare. One can face consequence ranging from a simple fine to a felony that has the potential to come with serious jail time. The Penichet Firm, P.C. in White Plains, New York, is widely known for providing individuals and corporations accused of cybercrime and Internet crimes with dedicated and effective legal defense. If you are facing investigation or charges relating to intellectual property infringement, child pornography, identity theft or other computer crimes, contact The Penichet Firm, P.C. to discuss your situation.

Cybercrime explained

Computer crimes are becoming more and more prevalent with advances in modern technology. However, the alleged perpetrators of many of these crimes are often innocent people who had no intent to cause any harm. This fact has not deterred federal and state agencies from pursuing and prosecuting the people or organizations they suspect are involved in:

  • Banking scams
  • Malware
  • Phishing
  • Fraud
  • Purchase, trade or sale of child pornography
  • Solicitation of a minor
  • Known distribution of computer viruses
  • Computer crimes may bring jail time

Copyright infringement

One growing area of computer crime is copyright infringement. The Internet has made it extremely easy for people to engage in the unauthorized use or distribution of copyrighted material. For example, a web page may have duplicative content without properly citing the original source or obtaining permission for its use. Many people engage in file sharing and illegal streaming of copyrighted material, also known as “pirating.” If you are accused of copyright infringement, you could face a simple cease-and-desist letter, litigation seeking damages, or, as of recently, criminal charges. Once simply a civil matter now has the potential to subject you to a criminal record.

Computer hacking and “ghost” programs

Yet another computer crime growing in popularity is the unauthorized use of computers and information through illegal hacking. By utilizing secret “ghost” programs, people can spy on computer users or even take control of their computers remotely. By doing this, they can gain access to passwords and the information stored on the computer’s hard drive. They can gain access to your social security number, banking information, credit card information, personal files, and anything else you have ever done on the computer. They can even hold you hostage, threatening to erase your entire computer unless paid a large sum of money. With all of this in mind, the federal government is aggressive when combatting the effects of computer hacking and will harshly prosecute these cases. Even if your actions were innocent, you could find yourself facing a serious criminal charge. If you are accused of computer hacking, you should contact The Penichet Firm, P.C. to defend you.

Identity theft  

Identity theft is another growing area of computer crime. The unauthorized use of personal information, such as a social security number, bank account or credit card number, is a felony. Federal law mandates severe penalties for identity theft, including prison time, fines and the forfeiture of property. If you are charged with identity theft, you need the high-caliber legal services of Luis Andrew Penichet and the legal team at The Penichet Firm, P.C.

Contact a criminal defense attorney with experience and results

At The Penichet Firm, P.C., we know that the aggressive pursuit of criminal charges often results in sloppy investigations and erroneous charges. We are fully committed to defending those being investigated or charged with computer crimes. With over 100 combined years of successful results and legal experience, we know how to conduct thorough investigations and construct durable defenses for our clients. Over the years, our lawyers have effectively defended individuals, corporations, government and law enforcement officials, religious leaders and some of the most well-known organized crime figures. We understand reputations are at stake. We work discreetly and swiftly to protect our clients’ right to privacy and due process. Before you say or sign anything, contact The Penichet Firm, P.C. for the attorney you deserve.