As the Internet gained popularity, the number of cases involving computer crimes rose as well. Louisiana lawmakers take a harsh stance on those who use the world wide web to commit crimes—whether that includes sharing illegal pornography or committing fraud against others. If you are currently facing a computer-related offense, working with a criminal defense attorney who understands the intricacies of this field of law is critical.
Louisiana Computer Crime Offenses
Computer crimes are defined as any offense in which an individual uses a computer to commit a crime or the computer is the target of the crime. For example, it is illegal to use a computer to commit fraud or steal data. Other computer-related crimes including luring or soliciting children to engage in sexual acts; stalking, harassing or bullying others; downloading, possessing or transmitting child pornography.
The penalties for a conviction depend on the offense committed. Common punishments include time behind bars, fines and probation. Those who have been convicted of a related crime in the past can be sentenced to increased penalties.
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The penalties for a computer crime conviction last long after your sentence has been completed—with a criminal offense on your record, things such as applying for employment and housing or even traveling outside of the country can become more difficult.
Lafayette attorney J. Bradley Cockrell has defended his clients against criminal charges for over 20 years, and he can apply his experience and resources to your case. For more information, please complete our online form now to schedule a free case evaluation.