Internet crimes were not something that was around several decades ago but can carry potentially serious consequences for individuals accused of committing them. As is true of all criminal allegations, accusations and charges, individuals accused of committing internet crimes have important legal protections to be familiar with. Because criminal allegations and charges can threaten an accused individual’s freedom, it is important to understand the protections in place through the criminal justice system for accused individuals.

Internet crimes can include state and federal crimes. Examples of internet crimes include solicitation of a minor; possessing or distributing child pornography; using a computer to seduce a child; traveling to meet a minor; internet fraud; computer fraud; computer hacking; cyberstalking; human trafficking; invasion of privacy; or unlawful use of a two-way communication device.

Accused individuals facing any type of criminal charges have important rights they should be familiar with related to searches and seizures of their person or property, as well as other important rights related to police questioning and others. When those rights have been violated in the process of the work authorities conducted related to the charges the accused individual is facing, it may be possible to challenge the charges against the accused individual on those grounds.

Though there are a variety of important criminal defense protections available through the criminal justice system, each criminal defense strategy is unique to the situation and circumstances the accused individual is facing. As a result, it is important for an accused individual to understand their criminal defense rights and protections, and how to enforce them, but also to understand how they help form a strong criminal defense strategy.