Cybercrimes, also known as computer crimes, are on the rise in Florida. According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Florida ranked second in the nation for the number of computer crimes committed in 2020. Computer-related fraud was up nearly 70% from 2019 to 2020. In March 2022, FBI Director Christopher Wray reported that local, state, and federal law enforcement must expand to tackle the rise in internet crimes across the country. Unfortunately, technology has evolved so that many crimes no longer occur “in person.” It happens behind the keyboard of modern-day communication.
Cybercrimes are criminal acts using digital technology and internet-based networks, impacting individuals, small businesses, major corporations, and government entities. The cloak of anonymity provided by the internet has encouraged fraudulent schemes with significant economic and reputation implications for its victims and the country.
Seeking Justice, One Client at a Time
If you are accused of a computer offense, it is vital to understand the charges against you and how to defend yourself. Florida’s cybercrime laws are some of the toughest in the country, and prosecutors are increasingly aggressive in pursuing convictions. Law enforcement has sharpened its focus on offenses using digital devices, including computers, tablets, and smartphones.
At The AP Law Group, our criminal defense attorneys have helped persons being investigated or charged with internet offenses under Florida State law or as a federal crime. We understand that overzealous law enforcement and prosecutors may distort the facts to obtain an easy conviction. Our legal team can fight these charges and achieve a favorable outcome. Call us immediately to start working on a solid defense.
Computer crimes encompass a wide range of financial crimes, sexual offenses, and other crimes, including but not limited to:
- Identity Theft
- Fraudulent Investment Schemes
- Email Scams
- Malicious Hacking
- Phishing Scams
- Telemarketing Fraud
- Child Pornography Sale and Distribution
- Spreading Computer Viruses or Malware
- Intellectual Property Theft
- Network Intrusions Threatening Security
Most computer crimes are felony offenses. If you face cybercrime charges, prosecutors must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that you are guilty. State and federal convictions can carry stiff penalties. Depending on the severity of the crime, some possible sanctions are incarceration, fines and restitution, community service, and probation.
How the Innocent get Accused of Cybercrimes
The Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) is one method of reporting cybercrimes. It is a website-based mechanism for victims to report internet-facilitated offenses. In addition, victims can report computer crimes to local law enforcement. When alleged victims contact any of these agencies, there are often false accusations against the innocent. Unfortunately, a trial can take place based on circumstantial evidence, wrongfully convicting a defendant.
When Your Future and Liberty Are in Jeopardy
Cybercrime defense is very complex. You may be under surveillance and suspected of wrongdoing long before authorities question you. Once charged, a prosecutor tries a case before a jury that likely does not understand the technology and can convince the court of a defendant’s guilt.
At The AP Law Group, we utilize computer experts to examine the forensic evidence against you and may discover an alternative explanation, such as how a third party used your computer device to commit a crime. We may be able to raise questions and reasonable doubt about your capabilities or knowledge of the offense. There may be reasonable grounds to believe the accused was authorized to use, alter, or destroy computer data. In addition, there may be flaws in executing a search warrant or other investigative tools. Our goal is to achieve reduced or dropped charges or acquittals.
Contact The AP Law Group at 352-732-9191 to schedule a consultation with a criminal defense law firm that knows cyber law and is committed to finding solutions to challenging situations. The decision you make today can impact the rest of your life. Our seasoned attorneys are compassionate advisors and fierce negotiators. The AP Law Firm defends those accused of misdemeanors, felonies, and federal crimes in Ocala, Gainesville, and the surrounding communities.