Computer Hacking Attorneys in Baltimore
Contact Us If You Have Been Charged with a Federal Computer Crime
The Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA) of 1986 prohibits unauthorized access into any private network or computer. This is known colloquially as “computer hacking,” and a conviction can result in harsh penalties. Computer hacking is typically prosecuted at the federal level, as most hacking occurs over the internet. Federal computer hacking laws are different than Maryland state computer crime laws—but are no less serious.
If you have been accused of or your loved one has been arrested for computer hacking, contact the Law Offices of James E. Crawford, Jr. & Associates today. Our white collar crime defense attorneys in Baltimore can help you work swiftly to build a case aimed at protecting your rights. We offer personalized legal counsel and aggressive representation for all types of criminal defense cases.
To discuss your case with our team, call (443) 709-9999 and request a free consultation. We assist clients in Baltimore, Annapolis, Bel Air, and throughout Maryland.
Penalties for Computer Hacking
Individuals who violate United States Code 18 Section 1030, which prohibits various forms of computer hacking, face very severe penalties if convicted. High profile cases—such as the case involving former Private First Class Bradley Manning, now Chelsea Manning, who was convicted in 2013 of leaking hundreds of thousands of military records and other documents to WikiLeaks and subsequently sentenced to 35 years in prison—show that the government takes computer hacking charges very seriously. Whether you are charged with a misdemeanor or felony will depend on the unique circumstances involved in your situation.
In either case, those accused of computer hacking face harsh criminal penalties, including:
- Up to $100,000 in fines and/or up to 1 year in prison (per conviction) for a misdemeanor conviction
- Up to $250,000 in fines and/or up to 10 years in prison (per conviction) for a felony conviction
Those convicted of computer hacking may also face addition civil penalties, depending on the circumstances. Multiple convictions for multiple violations can also result in higher fines and longer prison sentences.
Request a Free Consultation with Our Firm
If you have been charged with computer hacking or are merely under suspicion of violating U.S. Code 18 Section 1030, it is important that you secure sound legal counsel right away. At the Law Offices of James E. Crawford, Jr. & Associates, we begin building a solid defense on your behalf as soon as possible. The penalties for computer hacking can be unreasonably severe; it is our goal to help you protect your freedom and defend your rights while striving for an optimal outcome in your case. Reach out to our team for a complimentary, confidential consultation with one of our Baltimore computer hacking lawyers.
Call our office at (443) 709-9999 or fill out and submit an online contact form today to get started.