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Accused of a cybercrime? Here is what you need to know

On Behalf of | Jun 18, 2021 | Criminal justice |

Computers and the internet have spawned a new age of criminal activity. To combat the burgeoning cybercrime epidemic, law enforcement has developed the technology to uncover and analyze complex evidence. As an alleged cybercriminal, you may feel intimidated. However, you do have options.

Many of these crimes may result in substantial prison time and hefty fines. Having accurate information can enable you to protect your rights.

Arkansas Cybercrime Laws

Involvement by local, state, federal or international authorities depends on the scope of the crime. Additionally, cybercrime laws vary from state to state. The Arkansas Deceptive Trade Practices Act defines cybercrime as a felony and includes provisions for restitution to victims.

U.S. Cybercrime Laws

The federal government prosecutes many internet crimes, including:

  • Business e-mail compromise scams
  • Identity theft
  • Ransomware
  • Spoofing and phishing
  • Online predators

Law enforcement can reconstruct your activities on the internet by obtaining your records, even if you have erased your history. Sometimes the collection of information may violate the Fourth Amendment. The Fourth Amendment in the U.S. Constitution protects individuals from unreasonable search and seizure by a law enforcement officer without a search warrant and without probable cause to believe that evidence of a crime is present. Illegally seized evidence violates your Fourth Amendment rights. Prosecutors cannot present such documentation during a trial.

Cybercrime is a serious offense and is subject to vigorous prosecution by local and federal agencies. if you are facing criminal charges, learning the facts and your options can be essential to protecting your rights.