In Utah, a person who without authorization gains or attempts to gain access to and alters, damages, destroys, discloses, or modifies any computer, computer network, computer property, computer system, computer program, computer data or software, and thereby causes damage to another, or obtains money, property, information, or a benefit for any person without legal right, may charged with a cyber crime. If you have been charged with such an offense, it is important to seek the legal counsel of a Utah Computer Crimes Defense Attorney.
Penalties for Cyber and Internet Charges
The degree of charge and the potential penalties associated with cyber and internet charges may depend, to a great extent, on the amount of damage cause by the alleged offenders conduct. A person is will be charged with a class B misdemeanor when the damage cause is less than $500.00 of the information taken was not confidential. The charge will be a class A misdemeanor when the damage is less than $1,500.00 but more than $500.00. Everything above $1,500.00 will likely be charged in the felony range as follows:
A third degree felony when the damage caused or the value of the money, property, or benefit obtained or sought to be obtained is or exceeds $1,500 but is less than $5,000, a second degree felony when the damage caused or the value of the money, property, or benefit obtained or sought to be obtained is or exceeds $5,000.00, or a third degree felony when:
(1) the property or benefit obtained or sought to be obtained is a license or entitlement;
(2) the damage is to the license or entitlement of another person; or
(3) the information obtained is confidential; or
(4) in gaining access the person breaches or breaks through a security system.
Utah Criminal Defense Attorney | Computer Hacking
As indicated above, the penalties for computer hacking and other computer crimes can be very substantial. Don’t take any chances, you don’t have to go through this alone. Call and speak with a Utah Criminal Defense Attorney at Salcido Law Firm now to discuss your case and options. We have successfully defended those accused of the most serious computer crimes. Members of our team also have technical backgrounds and understand the intricacies involved with technical and computer issues. Everything discussed with our firm will be held in strict confidence. Call anytime day or night at 801.618.1334. We look forward to your call.