Federal computer crime charge not to be navigated alone

The internet provides information and entertainment to satisfy the inclinations and interests of just about everybody. However, not all online activities are acceptable to society, and even if a person is engaged in something that seems not to cause harm to anybody, it may get him or her into trouble with the law. In Oregon and elsewhere, a federal computer crime accusation can stigmatize an individual for life, regardless of whether a conviction is actually secured in court.

Some of the most common internet crimes include downloading images classified as child pornography. Even if the files are not shared with other people, the act of downloading them is a crime and is enough to land that person's name on a sex offender registry and can even result in time behind bars. Cyberstalking is another online activity that can have severe consequences. This typically involves one individual harassing another through electronic communications by relying on the anonymity afforded by the internet.

This medium also offers multiple opportunities for people to scam others and get away with their money. Websites like Craigslist are monitored by law enforcement agencies to identify potential Internet crimes. Federal, state and local authorities are trained to spot suspicious internet activity.

Any Oregon resident whose online actions has come to the attention of law enforcement -- even when using accounts or avatars -- may have to face a federal computer crime charge. Even before formal charges are filed, it may be appropriate to consult with an experienced criminal defense attorney. A skilled attorney can fight the formal accusations and the consequences that accompany a formal conviction in court.


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