What is Cybercrime?
Criminal cases increasingly involve a connection to the Internet. “Cybercrime” is a quickly-evolving and highly complex area of criminal law.
The RCMP has generally interpreted this area of law as any crime “where the Internet and information technologies, such as computers, tablets, personal digital assistants or mobile devices – has a significant role in the commission of a criminal offence.”
Furthermore, the RCMP has identified two basic categories of Cybercrime:
1. Technology-as-target: Criminal offences targeting computers and other information technologies, such as those involving the unauthorized use of computers or mischief in relation to data, and;
2. Technology-as-instrument: Criminal offences where the Internet and information technologies are instrumental in the commission of a crime, such as those involving fraud, identity theft, intellectual property infringements, copyright offences, money laundering, drug trafficking, human trafficking, organized crime activities, child sexual exploitation, or cyber bullying.
While the Internet is a rich source of evidence for investigative authorities, it is also a critical resource for a defence lawyer. Social media sites, email and hard drive examination can often establish someone’s innocence as much as they can establish another person’s guilt. This applies equally to cell phones and smart phone technology.
Lawyer Plug has extensive experience defending Cybercrime charges. We also have had significant success with digital evidence. If you are facing Internet-related charges or have a case involving computer, cell phone or digital evidence, we have the background and track-record to assist you.
If you have been charged with a cybercrime, please call 647-490-7660 for a consultation.
Computer and Internet crime can take may forms, including but not necessarily limited to:
Child Pornography (accessing, possessing, distributing, making)
Corrupting Morals & Obscenity
Publication of Intimate Image Without Consent (“revenge porn”)
Harassment (“cyber stalking” or “cyberbullying”)
These offences are serious and should be addressed by a lawyer as soon as you become aware of the fact that you have been charged or are under investigation. While the sentence for any of these offences will depend on the circumstances of each individual case, a conviction for any criminal offence will result in a criminal record, which can negatively impact many areas of your life including your reputation, your ability to maintain or obtain employment, and your ability to travel to other countries like the United States. This is especially true with sexual offences, all of which carry a heavy stigma that can follow you for the rest of your life. In addition, a conviction for these offences may carry other penalties including a potentially lengthy term of imprisonment. A conviction for a sexual offence may also result in the requirement that you register as a sex offender for 10 years to life.
Now is not the time to delay! Your reputation, future, and freedom are too important. In all cases, you are well advised to immediately speak with Lawyer Plug so we can evaluate your case, get your side of the story, and relentlessly defend you against your charges.