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Understanding Internet Crimes

In today's society, the internet has become an elemental part of our every day. As much of our communication takes place over the internet, a new type of crime has developed over the course of this new cyber age—internet crimes. Internet crimes can encompass a wide array of criminal activity that takes place behind closed doors, including sex crimes, online assault, fraudulent activity, theft, and cyber bullying. What makes these crimes unique is that no physical contact needs to take place for a crime to occur. This does not mean that these crimes cannot carry the same types of consequences, however.

  • Internet sex crime – This type of crime would include any illegal sexual activity that could be conducted through the gateways of the internet. The possession or distribution of child pornography and sexual solicitation and/or human trafficking, are all considered to be internet sex crimes. Also, sexual predators that engage in illicit conversation or exchange explicit material over the internet with a minor can now be charged with a sex crime.
  • Assault/Threatening – Assault via the internet can be considered a crime if serious threats are being directed at someone else. Whether or not the person actually intended on carrying out these threats can be considered irrelevant, as they may still be charge with a crime if the person that they have threatened feels like they were in danger. Although assault charges usually imply physical harm, verbal assault is considered to be a serious offense, as well.
  • Fraudulent Activity –With many of our online activities being protected by a single password, it has become easier for hackers to obtain confidential information. When a person gains access to someone else's bank account information, credit card information, or any other personal information, and attempts to use them under false pretenses, this is considered fraud. Cases of identity theft often occur over the internet, and it has recently become a serious problem for many unsuspecting individuals.
  • Theft – Theft, along the same lines as fraud, can include instances of unlawfully obtaining personal information—bank account information, credit card information, email account information—and then using it for financial gain. A number of transactions can be carried out online, so sometimes it is hard to initially detect. Internet theft is one of the most common types of criminal activities to be carried out over the internet.
  • Cyber Bullying – This type of offense is one that has received a lot of recognition in recent years, as it has contributed to countless suicides. Cyber bullying can include any type of harmful verbal threats and/or blatantly derogatory remarks that were said with the intention of bullying another. If the bullying results in the recipient's suicide or self-inflicted harm, the charge can become much more serious.

How a Pittsburgh Criminal Defense Attorney Can Help

The number of internet crimes that occur each year is continuing to rapidly increase, and it seems that the defining them is becoming even more unclear, as new types of internet crimes arise. If you have recently been charged with an internet crime, you will need an innovative criminal defense. Frank Walker has just the experience you need. With countless victories under his belt, he is dedicated to aggressively defending his clients and providing successful results. It is important to have legal representation on your side that is knowledgeable in internet crime, so if you are facing these charges, do not hesitate to seek the assistance of Pittsburgh criminal defense attorney, Frank Walker. No other defense attorney can provide you with the insightful knowledge and compassionate dedication that he can.

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