Anytime you’re facing federal criminal charges, it’s a frightening situation to be in. With the rise of the internet over the past few decades, more electronic and internet crimes have been emerging. In some cases, you might not even realize that what you’re doing is a serious crime.
For example, illegally downloading movies or songs might seem rather trivial, but it’s still a potentially serious crime that could carry a significant amount of jail time in some circumstances. Copyright infringement is not looked upon lightly by the content owners.
What To Do If You’re Facing Internet Crimes Charges
If you find yourself in a situation where you’re facing criminal charges for something related to your online activities, the first thing you should do is contact an experienced attorney. They will be able to guide you through the legal process. It’s also important to keep in mind that you shouldn’t talk to anyone about your criminal charges except for your attorney. Everything you say and do can be monitored, especially in an internet crimes case.
Finally, while you might be tempted to start deleting evidence of your crime, this is always a bad idea. Before you get rid of your computer or any files or data on your computer, you should always speak with your lawyer first, so you don’t end up accidentally doing something unlawful.
Many internet crimes carry hefty fines and jail sentences if you’re convicted. This could range from a short probation term and small fines to lengthy prison sentences with fines that exceed $100,000. The penalties you face will depend on several things, such as your criminal history and whether you’re charged with a misdemeanor or a felony.
You Could Find Yourself Facing Federal Charges
One of the most important things to know about any type of internet crime is that you could find yourself facing very serious federal charges. If you’re accused of harassing or stalking someone online, this could end up being a federal crime. It’s quite different from the state charges you might face if you were accused of harassing someone in person in your own neighborhood.
Both are serious, but this is an important distinction because the penalties in federal court can be much harsher. Additionally, if you’re faced with other internet crimes, such as hacking or espionage, this is very serious, and it’s imperative that you contact a lawyer right away.
Vinas & Graham, PLLC Can Help
If you’ve been arrested, or you are being questioned or are under investigation by the police in relation to an internet crime, Vinas & Graham, PLLC, can help. Both Attorney Vinas and Attorney Graham are former felony chief prosecutors who spent years training police officers and prosecutors. This experience gives them a unique perspective when it comes to defending you. They both have experience with state and federal crimes.
Call the law firm of Vinas & Graham today at 713-229-9992 for a FREE consultation or fill out the online contact form for an immediate callback. You can also follow us on Facebook to learn more about our firm and what we do to help our clients. We have successfully defended countless people against criminal charges in Texas. Call right away to speak with an experienced and understanding defense attorney.