Cybercrime is one of the newest areas of law in Minneapolis. This word is an umbrella term for a number of different infractions. Some are basically white-collar crimes; others are essentially sex crimes. Since victim and defendant usually never meet face-to-face, these offenses are quite complex.
At the Law Office of Lauren Campoli, our Minneapolis internet crimes lawyers routinely handle cybercrime cases in Hennepin County and nearby jurisdictions. So, we are familiar with both the ever-changing law and the various procedural rules. That includes the unwritten rules. These criminal matters are far too serious for attorneys without this expertise.
Types of Cyber Crimes
Internet crimes may be nonviolent, but they are generally felonies which carry lengthy prison sentences. Some examples include:
- Identity Theft: This crime may be one of the most unsettling internet crimes. So, even if the amount of money at issue is relatively low, potential punishments are quite stiff.
- Hacking: Illegally accessing a computer file does not necessarily involve highly technical activity normally associated with hackers. Using access information without permission may be sufficient.
- Possession of Child Pornography: A single image could mean a conviction with lasting legal, social, and vocational consequences. Even if the suspect deleted the file without viewing it, the charges might still hold up in court.
Online solicitation of a minor is a closely-associated crime. Recently, the Minnesota Supreme Court expanded the definition of “online solicitation,” so these cases are easier for the state to prove in court.
How Minneapolis Internet Crimes Lawyers Resolve These Cases
Since cybercrimes are usually nonviolent offenses, it’s often possible to successfully resolve these cases without going to trial.
Pretrial diversion may be available, especially if the evidence is weak and/or the state presses misdemeanor charges. Program requirements vary by court. Typically, if the defendant jumps through a few hoops, like completing a class and performing community service, prosecutors drop the charges.
Deferred disposition may be an option as well. The defendant pleads guilty and receives probation. If the defendant successfully completes all or most community supervision requirements, the judge may dismiss the case.
Reach Out to an Aggressive Attorney
Cybercrimes are quite serious, but they often have happy endings. For a confidential consultation with an experienced Minneapolis internet crimes lawyer, contact the Law Office of Lauren Campoli. Home and jail visits are available. Call us today at 612-360-2906.