Knoxville Computer Crime Defense Lawyer

If you have been accused of a computer crime in Tennessee, you are facing a charge that can affect you for the rest of your life.

Whether you have been charged with a state or federal offense, the legal choices you make now can be the most important, especially your choice of an attorney. Our firm has successfully handled many types of criminal cases in the state, and our skilled and experienced white collar crime attorneys are standing by to defend your rights and to work toward the best possible outcome.

Criminal Access to Computers and Phones

There are two primary types of computer and telephone access crimes defined under the Tennessee Computer Crimes Act. The first type of offense involves the access of a telephone or computer system or device for the purpose of gaining money, property, or a service. The second offense involves an intentional and unauthorized access to a computer or telephone. (A third criminal access offense, not discussed here, is aiding and abetting a violation of the Computer Crimes Act. Assisting someone in violating the Act constitutes a misdemeanor.)

Accessing a Computer or Phone for Money, Property or Service

Under T.C.A. 39-14-602(a)(1), the first element the state must prove beyond a reasonable doubt is that the accused knowingly accessed or attempted to access a,

The state must also prove that the accused unlawfully accessed the device, system or network with either a purpose to,

Penalties for violation of this crime can include jail time, probation, restitution and forfeiture of property. If the value of the stolen property or service is valued over $500, then the crime is classified as a felony.

Intentional Access to Computers and Phones

There are five types of intentional access crimes.

First, any person who intentionally accesses a computer, computer system or network without consent is guilty of a Class C misdemeanor. However, anonymous access constitutes implicit consent and operates to relieve the accused from criminal liability.

Second, any person who accesses a computer, computer system or network with the intent to

may be punished according to the value of the damage caused. If the value of the damage is more than $500, then the crime is a felony.

Third, a person who intentionally introduces malicious input (such as a virus) or is responsible for introducing malicious input is guilty of a Class B misdemeanor.

Fourth, a person commits a Class A misdemeanor if he or she intentionally accesses computer software or a computer network for the purpose of maliciously gaining access to a computer or to tamper with security devices.

Fifth, a person who intentionally makes an unauthorized copy, whether printed or electronic, of things like computer data, computer programs, or computer software residing in a computer may be punished according to the value of the information obtained or the value of the damage created.

Protecting the Rights of Our Clients

There are complex legal and evidentiary issues involved in computer crime cases. Our lawyers have the experience necessary to help you understand these issues and keep you informed and involved every step of the way. By engaging in fierce representation and investigating such matters as evidence suppression and witness credibility, our computer crime lawyers will help you to mount a strong defense against these charges.

Do not put your case and the quality of your life at risk by making the wrong legal choices. Discuss your case with an experienced criminal defense lawyer at either of our offices.

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Knoxville Identity Theft Defense Lawyer Disclaimer: The computer crimes or other legal information presented at this site should not be construed to be formal legal advice, nor the formation of a lawyer or attorney client relationship. Any results set forth here were dependent on the facts of that case and the results will differ from case to case. Please contact an attorney at our law firm. This web site is not intended to solicit clients for matters outside of the State.


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