Using a computer is often a daily task. We check e-mails, search the Internet, complete work tasks and even play video games on a computer. While it is a beneficial and valuable piece of technology, it is also technology that can present issues if not used properly. While a person has a wide range of possibilities when it comes to using a computer, there are some restrictions. And if these restrictions are not complied with, it is possible to face criminal allegations for a computer crime.
In the state of Florida, computer crimes include a large range of activities. This includes unlawful acts that are related to computers, computer systems and computer systems. Oftentimes, those participating in computer crimes are known as hackers, and the activities commonly completed by hackers can range from the unauthorized use of another person’s e-mail account to the unauthorized access to a computer with the intent to cripple an entire large-scale computer network.
A person could be accused of violating Florida’s Computer Crimes Act if he or she willfully, knowingly and without authorization introduces a computer contaminant, destroys data, programs or supporting documentation on internal or external hard drives or discloses or takes data, programs or supporting documentation that is considered a trade secret or is confidential information.
Those accused of these acts could be charged with a third or second-degree felony. These charges carry with them penalties that include incarceration and hefty fines. Because the consequences can be harsh, it is important to consider defense options, such as being authorized by the owner of the computer or lacking willful or knowing participation.
By asserting a criminal defense for a computer or Internet crime, the accused could help clear their name. This helps with the reduction or dismissal of charges, which also means reduced or eliminated penalties.