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Computer Fraud


Internet crime, computer fraud and violations encompass a whole range of illegal activity, from distribution of child pornography to investment fraud. It makes sense to mention here, internet crime stands as the fastest growing segments of criminal prosecutions. Both state and federal authorities have made it pretty clear that this type of criminal conduct will not be tolerated.

The Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA) is a moderately complex statute. To put things simply it establishes criminal and civil violations for a wide variety of acts. As the Internet Crime Attorney puts it, unlawful “access” to data is violation. The criminal defense attorney, John Teakell understands the gravity of these charges and uses his knowledge, skill and industry expertise for protecting the client’s’ rights and freedom.

Reasons and Consequences for Computer Fraud & Violations Charge

The CFAA is the federal anti-hacking law. Among other things, this law makes it illegal to intentionally access a computer without authorization.

Individual can be charged for computer fraud & violations for the following reasons:

Broad Scope Access Violations: The Broad Scope Access Violations in the CFAA are defined in the following way:

• Intentionally accessing a computer without authorization and as a result recklessly causes damage
• Violation for “intentionally accessing a protected computer without authorization” and as a result intentionally causing damage

Fraud Violations: Typically the fraud based violations include:
• Accessing a protected computer without authorization with intent to defraud
• Exceeding authorized access and furthering the fraud and obtaining anything of value
• Violation of “knowingly and with intent to defraud trafficking in any password.”

Computers and Miscellaneous Violations: The act in a broader sense defines “protected computer” as the government computers, financial institutions, and private computers that affect “interstate or foreign commerce or communication of the United States.” Hence the computer and miscellaneous violations include the access to

• National defense or foreign relations data
• Financial records
• credit reporting agency records and data
• U.S department or agency data
• data from any nonpublic computer of any U.S. department or agency
• transmission of a program, data, or code
• Extortion of money or other value by threat to cause damage to a protected computer

How John Teakell the criminal defense attorney can help

It’s time to be proactive if you are facing investigation or if you have been charged with an internet crime. You need the best legal representation after all. Teakell has the extensive experience handling internet crime cases which includes but not limited to:

• Illegal distribution of pharmaceutical drugs online
• Investment fraud
• Credit card fraud
• Identity theft
• Phishing scams
• Possession of child pornography
• Distribution of child pornography
• Solicitation of children through chat rooms

As the best criminal defense attorney Teakell understands the technical application of the law. He spent over 12 years in the U.S. Attorney’s Office as a federal prosecutor, most of which was in the Northern District of Texas where he was designated as a bank fraud prosecutor.

With his expertise and technical knowledge Teakell challenges the prosecution’s case while digging out the answers to the most pertinent questions :
• Did the alleged/defendant wanted to commit the crime?
• Was the defendant the only one with the access to the said computer?
• Did the action warrant a formal charge?

He works closely with former federal agents and also with the computer experts for identifying gaps and bridging them for the best interest of his clients

Keep in mind; criminal defense in Dallas demands effective, technical and skilled representation and this is exactly where the technical knowledge and skill of John Teakell comes in.

Act NOW, if you are facing charges for internet fraud or other computer crimes! Talk to Teakell for best legal representation

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