Cybercrimes have serious long-term outcomes. Many of them can include felony charges and as a result, are severely punishable by Virginia law. If you were charged with a property crime, contact an experienced Virginia criminal defense attorney at James A. Bullard Jr. P.C. to discuss your options. Continue reading to learn more about cybercrimes and the penalties that can incur if you have been charged with one.
What types of cybercrimes are punishable in Virginia?
There are several cybercrimes recognized and punishable by Virginia state law. The most common types of cybercrimes include, and are not limited to:
- Computer fraud: This refers to using a computer or network without authorization to embezzle, steal, or obtain property by false pretenses.
- Spam: This is when a computer or network is used to send unsolicited advertisements or falsify email transmissions.
- Computer Invasion of Privacy: An individual may be charged with this crime for using a computer or network to intentionally examine confidential information.
- Credit card fraud: Credit card and debit card fraud are examples of identity theft that involve the unlawful obtaining of a person’s credit card or debit card information with the intent of charging purchases or removing funds from the account.
- Cyberbullying: Cyberbullying has unfortunately become a more common crime and involves bullying someone using technology, such as a cell phone, tablet, text messages, and social media sites.
- Internet sex crimes: Internet sex crimes can involve any sexually related contact with a minor under 18 years old over the Internet, including sending photographs, texts, or emails.
- Computer Trespass: This refers to disabling, removing, stopping, or causing a malfunction to an unauthorized computer or network.
What are the penalties for cybercrimes in Virginia?
There are many types of cyber crimes that an individual can be charged with under Virginia cybercrime laws. The penalties are determined by whether it is a misdemeanor or felony, or whether it is brought in state or federal court. In general, however, people that are convicted of cybercrimes typically face the following:
- Fines ranging from a minimal fine up to $100,000
- A prison or jail sentence, with the most severe offenses resulting in a prison sentence of 20 years or more
- Probation, which can be in addition to jail or fines
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