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Common Computer Crimes in Wisconsin – and Potential Defenses

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A few decades ago, the idea of computer crimes was largely science fiction. Today, however, there are many ways to violate the law with your computer, whether it’s in the form of engaging in financial fraud, sharing sexually explicit photos, or other forms of illegal conduct. Importantly, just because you have been accused of violating the law online does not mean you are guilty. If you are facing allegations of any type of computer crime, you should contact an attorney from Birdsall Obear & Associates as soon as you can.

Common Types of Computer Crimes

  • Cyberbullying and Online Harassment: Cyberbullying involves using electronic communication to harass, intimidate, or threaten others. This can occur through social media, emails, or other online platforms. Wisconsin has specific laws against cyberbullying, and individuals accused of such behavior can face legal consequences.
  • Identity Theft: Identity theft involves stealing someone's personal information, such as their Social Security number or financial details, to commit fraud. Perpetrators often use this stolen information to make unauthorized purchases or engage in financial fraud.
  • Hacking and Unauthorized Access: Hacking is the act of gaining unauthorized access to computer systems, networks, or data. This can involve hacking into personal accounts, corporate databases, or government systems. Wisconsin law considers unauthorized access a criminal offense.
  • Online Scams and Fraud: Scams and fraud schemes on the internet are widespread. These may include phishing emails, Ponzi schemes, or fraudulent online marketplaces. Victims can suffer financial losses, and perpetrators can face criminal charges.
  • Child Exploitation and Pornography: Sharing explicit images of minors, engaging in online child exploitation, or possessing child pornography are serious offenses. Wisconsin has stringent laws to combat child exploitation in the digital realm.
  • Cyberstalking: Cyberstalking involves using electronic means to stalk or harass an individual. It can include tracking someone's online activities, sending threatening messages, or making false accusations.

Potential Defense to Computer Crimes

There are often various defenses that you can raise to allegations of computer crimes. An experienced attorney can review your case and determine which ones, if any, apply to you. Some of the most common include:

  • Lack of Intent: If you can demonstrate that you had no intention to commit a computer crime, it may serve as a valid defense.
  • Unauthorized Access Claims: If you had permission or believed you had permission to access a computer system or network, you may argue that your actions were not criminal.
  • Mistaken Identity: If you can prove that you were wrongly accused or that someone else used your identity to commit a crime, it could be a defense.
  • Constitutional Violations: If evidence was obtained illegally or your rights were violated during the investigation, it may be possible to challenge the charges.

Call Us Today to Speak with a Wisconsin Computer Crime Defense Lawyer.

If you have been accused of any of the crimes mentioned above – or any other criminal offense – you should contact Birdsall Obear & Associates as soon as you can. We are dedicated to helping people like you resolve criminal matters and always stay true to our motto – “We demand justice.” To schedule your consultation with a member of our team, call our office today or contact us online.

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