Murfreesboro Computer & Internet Crime Defense Lawyers
Experience you can count on in your computer crimes case in Tennessee
Tennessee computer crimes are serious offenses that have serious penalties associated with them. Being convicted of a computer crime in Tennessee can affect every aspect of your life for years to come. The decisions that you make during the beginning of a computer crimes investigation can have a direct impact on the success of your legal defense.
At Dotson & Taylor, our Murfreesboro Tennessee criminal defense attorneys give every client individualized attention. We help you avoid the serious penalties associated with computer crimes and fight to protect your legal rights at each stage of the criminal justice process. The sooner you contact our firm, the sooner we can craft a strong defensive strategy and work toward the best possible outcome.
Types of computer crimes
There are a number of different types of computer crimes. Knowingly accessing or trying to access a computer or network for any of the following purposes is illegal:
- To obtain money, property or services through fraud
- To make computer data false in order to receive money, property or services through fraud
- To alter an electronic financial transaction to disrupt, alter, misappropriate or commit fraud
Using a computer or telephone system for the purposes mentioned above can result in violations of the Tennessee Computer Crimes Act. Additionally, a person who aids or abets a violation of this nature can result in a misdemeanor conviction. Other computer crimes include conducting any of the following actions without authorization:
- Accessing a computer or network
- Permitting anonymous access to a secure network
- Installing malware or similar malicious programs
- Maliciously gaining access to a computer or network
- Tampering with security devices
- Altering or destroying a computer or network
- Disrupting the operation of a computer or network
- Making copies of computer data or software
Penalties for Computer Crimes in Tennessee
Penalties for computer crimes are serious, possibly resulting in jail time, probation, forfeiture of property and restitution. Crimes that involve stolen property or services in excess of $500 are classified as felony offenses. Intentionally accessing a computer, system or network without authorization can result in a class C misdemeanor. The seriousness of the offense depends on the nature of the conduct and the value of the goods or services affected. For example, introducing malware or a virus is classified as a class B misdemeanor. Hacking a computer system or network is considered a class A misdemeanor.
Contact an experienced Murfreesboro TN criminal defense attorney for an effective defensive strategy
At Dotson & Taylor, our Murfreesboro criminal defense attorneys put our vast experience to use for you, on each and every case. With more than 25 years of criminal defense experience to rely on, our attorneys quickly and efficiently develop a defensive strategy based on the strengths of the case. Contact our conveniently-located office by the historic City Café by calling 615-890-1982 or contact us online to set up a free initial consultation. We have flexible payment options, including accepting all major credit cards.