If you are accused of cybercrime, it is important to take the allegations seriously. A conviction for cybercrime can have serious consequences, including jail time and fines. While the longest sentence to date for straight cybercrime is 27 years, there are many prisoners doing a lot more time than that for additional crimes that were caught in the commission of those crimes.
In this blog post, we will discuss how to protect yourself if you are accused of cybercrime. We will also provide tips on what to do if you are contacted by law enforcement officials regarding any investigation into your online activities.
What is cybercrime and why should you care about it
Cybercrime is a criminal act that is committed using a computer. There are many different types of cybercrime, but they all have one thing in common: they involve the use of technology to commit a crime. Cybercrime can include anything from identity theft and fraud to child pornography and cyberstalking.
While it may seem like a victimless crime, cybercrime can have serious real-world consequences. For example, identity theft can ruin your credit score, and child pornography can lead to jail time. If you have been accused of committing cybercrime, it is important to take the accusation seriously and contact an experienced attorney who can help you defend yourself.
Cybercrime is a serious offense, and you could be facing serious legal penalties if you are convicted. Don’t let yourself be victimized by cybercrime; protect yourself by being informed and by taking action if you are accused of this type of crime.
How to protect yourself from accusations
If you’ve been accused of cybercrime, it’s important to have an experienced attorney on your side. John Teakell has extensive experience handling these types of cases, and he knows how to protect your rights from the time the accusations are levied to the time it goes to trial (if it goes to trial).
John’s first goal is to ensure that you receive a fair trial. He will do this by examining the evidence against you from both a prosecutor’s standpoint and that of a criminal defense attorney since he has experience on both sides. Furthermore, he will work to make sure that any evidence that is gathered against you is obtained through legal means.
Illegally obtained evidence is, unfortunately, quite common in the world of criminal defense. This is because law enforcement officials sometimes overstep their bounds in an attempt to secure a conviction. John has the resources and legal knowledge to deconstruct these cases to his clients’ benefit.
What to do if you are contacted by law enforcement officials
Of course, your best defense in beating accusations of cybercrime is to know your rights. Law enforcement officials won’t usually try to make contact with you until they believe they have a strong case. However, if they do try to contact you, it’s important that you know what to say (and not say).
The first thing you should do if you are contacted by law enforcement officials is to ask for an attorney. What this does is, it tells the officials that you are aware of your rights and that you are not going to answer any questions until your attorney is present.
When you do have an attorney present, whether it’s John or someone else, it is important that you listen to their advice and do not answer any questions until they give you the go-ahead. Your attorney will be able to guide you through the questioning process and ensure that you do not incriminate yourself.
Consequences of a conviction for cybercrime
A conviction for cybercrime can have serious consequences. You could be facing jail time (up to 99 years in some cases), fines, and a ruined reputation. In some cases, you may even be deported if you are not a U.S. citizen.
Furthermore, a conviction for cybercrime could also lead to other criminal charges. For example, if you are convicted of child pornography, you may also be required to register as a sex offender. This could have a serious impact on your life, making it difficult to find employment or housing.
It is important to remember that an accusation of cybercrime is not the same as a conviction. You are innocent until proven guilty, and John Teakell will fight to make sure that you receive a fair trial. His goal: the best possible outcome in your case. He has more than 15 years of practice to demonstrate this commitment. Contact him today to schedule a consultation.