The Penalties for Internet-Based Criminal Activity

A news story states that Florida takes second place for the state with the most internet-based criminal activity in the nation. In 2014, the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center received 269,422 complaints regarding cybercrimes. These criminal activities totaled a loss over $800 million. Of that total, Florida residents suffered $52 million, only second to California.

In most cases, reported cybercrimes include theft of intellectual property rights, computer intrusions, international money laundering, financial espionage, and online extortion. As a result, law enforcement officers and prosecutors will be looking more closely at the crimes involving the following tactics:

  • Identity theft
  • Phishing
  • Reshipping
  • Spam
  • Payment fraud
  • Auction fraud
  • Counterfeit goods
  • Non-delivery goods
  • Romance scams

Currently, law enforcement offers are instructing people who believe they have been victimized by cybercrime to report their suspicions to the FBI. As a result, prosecutors will begin working diligently to ensure all information is examined and exposed as soon as possible.

If convicted, a cybercrime offender may face a third degree felony along with the following penalties:

  • Imprisonment up to five years
  • Fines up to $5,000

If the offense caused more than $5,000 in damage, a convict can face the following penalties:

  • Imprisonment up to 15 years
  • Fines up to $10,000

If you have been arrested for and accused of cybercrime, it is important that you secure aggressive and experienced legal representation right away. At Hager & Schwartz, P.A., our Fort Lauderdale criminal defense lawyers can do everything in our power to help protect your rights and future. When you become our client, we will put an aggressive team on your side of the courtroom.

For your free consultation, contact our Fort Lauderdale criminal defense attorneys today!