We Are Cyber Crime Lawyers and Internet Crime Lawyer Experts.
Representing a client accused of computer crimes, also known as cyber crimes, apart from mastering criminal defense skills, requires deep understanding, and comprehension of complex technology as well as knowledge of its possible misuses. Criminal defense attorneys at Richmond Hill Affordable Criminal Lawyer Plug and Associates have handled cyber crimes cases in Toronto courts and around Ontario. Working together with the nation’s top digital forensic firms we deliver results in even the most complex cyber crimes matters. We are the Cyber Crime Lawyer that you have been looking for and can answer your questions and provide support anytime.
What is Cyber Crime?
Criminal cases increasingly involve a connection to the Internet. “Cyber crime” 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.”
Cybercrimes cover a wide range of computer related illegal activities. Despite the obvious implication, the cyber crime is not limited to computers only. According to Canadian Sentencing Guidelines Manual, basically using almost any electronic device for illegal activities, no matter how simple or complicated can be considered in court as cyber crime.
Some types of cyber crimes are simply old-fashioned white collar crimes such as fraud, theft, and embezzlement perpetrated with the help of computers. But in recent years, as the technological capacity has grown, the number of specific technology-related crimes has significantly risen.
This led, in the past couple of years, to government agencies, such as the RCMP and local Police to employ numerous specialists in the field of IT for investigation into various cyber crimes.
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.
The Internet has changed everyday life in ways too numerous to count. Instantaneous communication with people all over the world has become very easy. The new technology has also created new legal issues, particularly in the area of criminal law. If you are facing charges of Internet crimes, including possession of child pornography and soliciting sex from a minor, contact lawyerplug to schedule a consultation with a criminal defense attorney.
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”)
Federal Computer Crimes
Due to the cross-jurisdictional nature of many Internet-based computer crimes, many defendants facing a computer- or Internet-based charge find themselves within the purview of the federal criminal courts. As any Richmondhill computer crimes attorney can attest, being in the crosshairs of the federal cyber crimes unit is unnerving, but a strong defense can help minimize or eliminate the possible fines, penalties and jail time awaiting anyone convicted of any of the following federal crimes:
- Mail fraud
- Wire fraud
- Fraud and related activity in connection with computers
- Fraud and related activity in connection with access devices
- Injury or destruction to communication lines, stations or systems
- Illegal interception of wire, oral or electronic communications
- Illegal manufacture, distribution, possession and advertising of illegal devices for the interception of wire, oral or electronic communications
- Unlawful access to stored communications
- Illegal installation or use of a pen register device
- Criminal copyright infringement
- Trafficking in counterfeit goods or services
- Computer hacking
- Trafficking in counterfeit labels
- Trafficking in recordings of live musical performances
- Launching spam email attacks
- Identity theft
- Credit card fraud
- Unlawful possession or use of access devices
- Internet fraud
- Computer fraud
- Sale of counterfeit goods over the Internet
- Software piracy
- Computer game piracy
- Video game piracy
- Music piracy
- Internet pornography
- Possession of child pornography
- Use of the Internet to disseminate child pornography
- Instant messaging sexually explicit material to children
- Online child sex solicitation
- Cyber stalking
- Crimes against computer and Internet users
- Hacking and computer sabotage
- Internet gambling
- Cyber terrorism
The list of computer- and Internet-based crimes is extensive, and facing this type of criminal charge can significantly impact your future, particularly if you are facing an extensive amount of jail time or thousands of dollars in fines.
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.
CALL TOP RICHMONDHILL CYBER CRIMES LAWYER
The cyber crimes lawyers in Richmondhill at the Lawyerplug Firm have a vast wealth of knowledge to discern between the subtle distinctions of a computer crime and a cyber crime/Internet crime. The Ontario Department of Justice categorizes cyber crime into three elementary classifications. The cyber crimes attorneys in Richmondhill in the Lawyerplug firm are adept in investigating these kinds of crimes and protecting your constitutional rights in the process. The Richmond cyber crimes attorneys at Lawyerplug are a top choice for defending illegal cyber activity allegations in Ontario or Richmondhill. Contact us now if you need any legal help in your criminal case involving cyber crimes, or need legal representation in Ontario court or Surroundings.
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.