Houston Computer Crime Attorney
Computers have completely infiltrated and changed our society. While this is mostly a good thing, there are consequences whenever criminals are provided with easy ways to perform crimes. Many of these criminal acts are traditional problems like identity theft, child pornography, and embezzlement, but some of them are new, such as hacking and the intentional spreading of computer viruses. One of the biggest problems is that the criminals tend to be ahead of the legislature when it comes to making laws to prevent suspicious and hazardous activities. Another major problem is the relative anonymity of computers, which makes computer crime cases notoriously difficult for both a Houston criminal defense lawyer and a prosecutor.
If you have been charged with a computer crime in Houston or the surrounding areas, it is vitally important that you understand what state law says about certain computer crimes. According to Texas Penal Code §33.02, Breach of Computer Security;
A person commits an offense if the person knowingly accesses a computer, computer network, or computer system without the effective consent of the owner.
Overview of Computer Crimes
Many computer crime cases have been illegally investigated. Police officers are often untrained in the fine details of search and seizure laws when it comes to advanced technology. If your rights have been violated during the evidence collection process, your Houston criminal lawyer can fight to have this evidence stricken from the record. In a case in which this is the majority of the evidence, the case will usually be dismissed.
In many situations, investigators can only trace a crime to a particular internet connection or, at best, a particular computer. However, if they cannot prove the computer you use is the one involved with the crime and that you were the one operating the computer at the time, then they cannot prove that you committed the crime. Our laws are very straightforward in assuming you are innocent until proven guilty, and your Houston attorney will work hard to protect your innocence.
Contact a Houston computer crime lawyer today!
Of course, computer crimes are only crimes committed with the help of technology, and not the actual charges faced by the defendant. Our criminal defense in Texas has helped protect clients accused of a number of computer crimes, including:
If you have been accused of or investigated for a computer crime, please contact The Law Offices of Ned Barnett to schedule your free initial consultation with a skilled Houston criminal attorney.