Extensive Experience In Computer Crime Defense
In some ways, a charge of computer crime is similar to other types of criminal charges. In other ways it is quite different. Building a successful defense depends on recognizing those differences and taking appropriate action during the defense effort.
The Law Office of John Freeman has extensive experience in cases involving computer and Internet crimes, including related charges of white collar offenses, sex offenses, and other serious felonies. We use this experience to defend the rights and preserve the freedom of our clients in the Detroit Metro area and throughout Southeast Michigan.
Aggressive, Knowledgeable Computer And Internet Crime Defense
We defend people charged with a variety of computer and Internet crimes:
- Identity theft: These offenses range from using a stolen password to completely taking over someone’s online bank account. Massive data breaches of major companies have made this type of crime much easier and more common.
- Internet/computer fraud: The include phishing schemes and computer scams. Financial scams in peer-to-peer payment systems like Venmo and Zelle are growing in popularity.
- Internet solicitation of a minor: In many cases, minors are never actually involved. Law enforcement officers pose as minors in an attempt to catch would-be offenders. It is sometimes possible to argue an entrapment defense, depending on the details of the sting.
- Child pornography: This offense could include possession, creation or dissemination of images or videos. Conviction on multiple counts could result in decades of prison time.
- Internet sex crimes: In addition to the two offenses listed above, internet sex crimes could include using websites for purposes of prostitution/solicitation. The internet is also used to facilitate human trafficking, often across state lines, which would make it a federal case.
- Computer hacking: While much hacking is done for financial gain, hacking is sometimes used for to advance a political or social agenda. In either case, it is typically a criminal offense.
- Stealing trade secrets: People who steal trade secrets from a current or former employer often believe they only face civil liability if caught. However, the offense is listed in the Economic Espionage Act of 1996 and other criminal statutes.
Whatever your charges, attorney John Freeman can evaluate your case and discuss potential defense strategies with you.
When Can Police Search Your Computer Or Your Phone?
Searches of phones and computers are laden with complex legal issues, some of which are still being argued over in courts. Law enforcement officers generally need to obtain a search warrant in order for the search to be considered legal. Even then, there are many unanswered questions about whether a suspect can be compelled to provide a password or otherwise unlock the phone. The legality and permissibility of a search also depends on whether the phone/computer is a personal device or a work device.
Suffice it to say, you should consult with an experienced defense attorney before agreeing to cooperate with police if it means handing over information that could be used to convict you. If the evidence has already been obtained but may have been obtained in violation of your Fourth Amendment rights against unreasonable search and seizure, your attorney can help you seek to suppress it ahead of trial.
Analyzing Technical Evidence
We will carefully review every aspect of the criminal charges and evidence against you. We will pay close attention to the technical evidence in the possession of the authorities. When necessary, we work with top computer systems experts and financial analysts who can assist in your defense.
If law enforcement obtained information from your hard drive, we will investigate exactly how that information was obtained, including whether an illegal wiretap or illegal search and seizure was performed.
We understand the seriousness of the charges against you. We will work to develop a strong, aggressive defense that seeks the best outcome possible.
Contact A Highly Experienced Criminal Defense Attorney
From offices in Troy, we represent clients in all federal and state courts in the greater Detroit area and throughout Michigan.