Computers are everywhere. We use them all the time in daily life in Wagoner, Oklahoma.
A great deal of our personal and financial information is available to the skillful hacker. Computer crimes are on the rise, often with devastating damages to victims of the crime. As a result, Oklahoma has passed the Computer Crimes Act.
What is a Computer Crimes Act Charge?
The Computer Crimes Act is codified in the Oklahoma statutes. (Okla. Stat. tit. 21 § 1952, et seq.) The statute prohibits a number of actions by a hacker.
While hacking may seem an innocent prank, it is important that you understand all computer crimes in Wagoner are serious. Some of these crimes are charged as misdemeanors, but most of them are charged as felonies. A felony conviction will change your life forever.
Any willful and unauthorized attempt or the gaining of access to another person’s computer, computer system, or network with the intent to damage, modify, copy, destroy, use, or take possession is against the law in Oklahoma.
Just gaining unauthorized access is a misdemeanor. Any damage you inflict or action you take beyond just gaining access is a felony count.
It is also against the law to intentionally cause the disruption of computer services or the denial of services to an authorized user of a computer or computer network.
Using another’s computer in any way for the purpose of defrauding, deceiving, obtaining money, property, or anything else of value is also a computer crime that is normally charged as a felony.
Additionally, there are federal laws against certain computer crimes. For example, it is a federal crime to engage in defrauding, altering, or destroying the hardware or software on a computer that belongs to someone else. It is also illegal to buy or sell computer passwords that belong to someone else. These federal crimes are felonies.
Finally, in Oklahoma it is a felony to use a computer for any sort of sexual exploitation, or actions involving copyright violations such as downloading pirated music or videos. It is also a felony to develop or distribute computer viruses, spyware, or malware. Finally, you may not use a computer to threaten another person with physical harm or death. (Okla. Stat. tit. 21 § 1955; OUJI-CR 5-130)
The scope of computer crimes is quite broad, and almost any computer crime has jail time associated with it upon conviction.
Computer Crimes Carry Severe Penalties
The penalties for computer crimes in Wagoner are quite severe. If you are convicted of a felony charge, you may be subject to a fine between $5,000 and $100,000, and/or imprisonment from one to 10 years.
Even a misdemeanor conviction can mean a fine of up to $5,000 and/or up to 30 days in county jail.
Finally, the statute allows civil penalties in addition to criminal penalties. That means that the people damaged by your actions can bring a civil action against you for compensatory damages. Compensatory damages include compensation for all costs resulting from your actions.
This can also include attorney’s fees awarded by the court to the winning party. The costs of litigating a civil case are quite high. You can lose your home and your life savings.
Free Consultation: Wagoner Criminal Defense Attorney
If you are accused of violating the Computer Crimes Act in Oklahoma, talk to an experienced Wagoner criminal defense attorney as soon as possible. Do not wait and do not speak to the police. Remember that everything that you say to them can and will be used against you.
For a free consultation, call the Wirth Law Office – Wagoner at 918-485-0335.
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