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Internet Crimes: What Are They and What Are the Consequences?

Posted on: June 12, 2008 at 10:29 a.m.

Every so often a new medium for communication comes along and brings with it a new field for the law. The Internet is nothing new in terms of historic advancements in the technology, however it is a new arena for the law. Internet crimes are many, and they include everthing from identity theft to sexual offenses.

An Internet crime is defined as any crime that involves the Internet. For example, when an individual over the age of 18 contacts someone under the age of 18 through the Internet for the purposes of a sexual encounter, that is an Internet crime. One of the challenges for the accused is that many Internet crimes can also be federal offenses and can carry with them far greater charges than the same crime committed under state jurisdiction. For sex crimes, if the offender contacts someone under age that is also in another state, then that's a double whammy as crossing state lines also makes it a federal offense.

Internet crimes include kidnapping, sexual offense, bank robbery, credit car fraud, harassment, phishing, scams, espionage and more. The level of offense can range from smaller crimes to major felonies, however due to the amount of research and investigation it usually takes to charge and convict someone of an Internet crime, most cases are on a grand scale.

Protecting children is often a major focus for Internet crime laws, as children as the most vulnerable. Using chat rooms to contact children for sexual purposes or with other unsavery motives is against the law. Having an attorney with experience and knowledge in defending the accused in Internet crimes is vital, as the law is ever changing and only someone with experience will be able to provide a solid defense.

Tagged as: high profile defense, internet crimes defense, sex crime accusations, theft, white collar crime fraud theft laws

Comments:

Rachel Contreras on June 22, 2009 at 1:33 p.m. wrote:

Who and where do you report internet scams by individuals who promise something and then don't deliver after all your infor mation is given? I'd like to know!!!!


Sing Wong (Star) on June 16, 2008 at 10:12 p.m. wrote:

Internet's exist brings us a lot of convenience, but at the same time it also brings us a lot of troubles, crimes. People can easily commit a crime on the internet, but it's much more difficult to detect these crimes. Countries and states have their own laws which makes the charge of internet crime more complex. An action being considered as unlawful is not necessarily being seen as a crime in another country. If so, which one is the standard, or do we need a standard one? While this unreal internet world is not being regulated, or it is being censored in some ways, such as the adult websites have to warn people under 18 not to enter the website. Nonetheless, how efficient is that? If the website failed to prevent children from entering, should they be punished when we are talking about to protect the children? Can the government charge all the citizens who upload songs, pictures and videos without authorization. Many citizens commit internet crimes everyday, how do we define which one should be charged while others shouldn't be.


Tatiana Vardanyan on June 13, 2008 at 12:45 a.m. wrote:

Luiza's comment is tremendously insightful and addresses a new phenomenon, internet bullying. Internet bullying is an epidemic right now resulting in fatal consequences. With the YouTube generation, teens produce, direct, and star in their own disturbing fantasies ranging from gang initiations to prom rape nightmares. With the Myspace generation, children are being preyed on by sexual predators who mimic youth. With the internet, anonymity is present and it becomes ever more difficult to prosecute such crimes. Dateline NBC does a special called 'To Catch a Predator' and it essentially touches on all these topics while capturing real live criminals. http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/10912603/


Luiza Melikyan on June 12, 2008 at 4:37 p.m. wrote:

Internet crimes are very complex. They are complex because often times the computer used to commit the crime may not belong to the individual that commited the crime. I knew someone who had let his friend use his computer to sell jewelery on ebay and they tracked him down and almost charged him with theft. My friend went through weeks of questioning and he still hasn't gotten his laptop back from the investigators. The internet is very dangerous and can have many detrimental effects on people. Just the other day, I was watching a show that was about internet bullies. A young girl was being made fun of on the internet and because of the psychological damage she killed herself. Before people press the send button or let others press it, they should think twice.









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