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What constitutes a cyber crime?

If you face a charge for any type of cyber crime in Tennessee, it's a serious matter. Depending on the type of crime which law enforcement officers allege you committed, you may face prosecution from either the State of Tennessee or by the federal government. Either way, you could face substantial prison time and large fines if convicted.

With the advent and consequent evolution of technology over the past 30 years, people have found more and more ways to commit crimes electronically. That is what a cyber crime is: an offense committed through the use of the internet and/or additional types of computer technology. This may include messages sent electronically through a smartphone or other handheld device, as well.

Types of cyber crimes

While it is impossible to construct a comprehensive list of cyber crimes, some of the most common ones include:

  • Identity theft
  • Credit card fraud
  • Wire fraud; that is, use of the internet or other forms of communication to commit a crime
  • Possession or distribution of child pornography
  • Hacking
  • Release of computer worms, viruses, ransomware or other kinds of malware

In addition, you likewise can be prosecuted for allegedly engaging in such activities as sexting, phishing, cyberstalking on Facebook or other social media, cyberbullying, selling counterfeit goods and/or pharmaceuticals online, or participating in work-at-home and other online scams.

Given the immense variety of cyber crimes and the various ways in which the state or federal government must proceed in order to prosecute and convict you, your best interests dictate developing a strong defense strategy based on the specific circumstances of your case.

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