What Should I Do If I Am Accused Of An Internet Or Computer Crime?
State and federal criminal investigators are actively seeking out and prosecuting individuals across Central Texas counties like Williamson and Travis counties, as well as the entire United States for a wide range of computer-related crimes as diverse as computer hacking or child pornography. The internet gives many people a feeling of anonymity, and some believe that their criminal activities cannot be traced back to them if their scheme took place over the internet.
Because of the technical complexity of the internet, the wrong people may be targeted in an investigation when they are actually innocent of wrongdoing. Investigators may also obtain evidence illegally. It is unfortunately common for scammers to use innocent individuals’ computers to further their own illegal activities. Disgruntled ex-spouses and paramours or former employees have been known to plant seemingly incriminating evidence on innocent targets’ computers. Experienced Georgetown, Texas, trial lawyer Russ Hunt, Jr., has handled a wide range of computer crime cases and will ensure your rights are protected.
Have You Been Charged Or Accused Of An Internet Crime?
Remember: YOU ARE PRESUMED INNOCENT. Experienced Internet crimes defense attorney Russ Hunt, Jr., will make sure your rights stay protected. Russ investigates the allegations, the evidence, and how the evidence was obtained. Don’t be intimidated by law enforcement personnel or prosecutors. Contact Russ now to protect your rights!
Should I Talk To The Police About An Allegation Of Computer Crime Without A Lawyer?
You have the right to an attorney who has the experience to defend you against these types of allegations. You don’t have to answer any questions – and it is best that you not answer questions without a lawyer who will protect your rights. You don’t have to give law enforcement permission to search your home or computers unless they have a valid warrant.
One Common Investigative Technique Is The “Knock And Talk”
Investigators may become suspicious of a person and simply show up at their home or work and ask the target to discuss the officers’ concerns. Out of respect for law enforcement officers, many people do talk to the officers and wind up incriminating themselves. Investigators will ask questions about areas that may seem benign or innocent and not incriminating but which are designed to tie the target to a certain set of facts, locations and timelines or make a statement about who has access to certain computer devices. They may even request to see a person’s computer, mobile phone or another device. Anything they find that they decide is incriminating will help them to charge the person with a crime. If the target is cooperating voluntarily, the police do not need the warrant to engage in this practice.
Evidence voluntarily surrendered does not require a warrant. Law enforcement officers may say that a target can help himself by giving them information, but the truth is that they are not particularly inclined to go easy on people just because they cooperated in providing evidence against themselves.
Remember, you do not have to talk to the police and if you tell them you want to talk to a lawyer they cannot come back to talk to you again.
Russ Hunt, Jr., has handled a wide range of internet-related criminal charges and can handle any charges which could come up, including:
- Possession, manufacturing or distribution of child pornography
- Identity theft
- Misappropriation of trade secrets over the internet
- Internet fraud
- Identity theft
- Impersonating a legitimate business or government agency in order to steal through Internet connections
- Theft over the internet via sites like Craigslist or eBay
- Distribution of illegal pornography over the internet or in any other manner