Computer Crimes involve a wide variety of crimes. When one is charged with a computer crime it could involve identity theft, fraud, accessing protected data, wiretapping, installing tracking or key stroke recording devices on computers, or transmittal of pornographic images.
The Virginia Computer Crimes Act makes it a crime to use a computer to obtain services or goods by false pretense, embezzle or commit larceny. It also makes it crime to use a computer or computer network to remove data or programs, cause the computer to malfunction, or cause injury to the property of another. It is also a crime to use a computer to invade the privacy of another. These crimes can be either felonies or misdemeanors depending on the nature of the crime.
If you access data on a password protected computer by either installing a program on the computer or guessing the password, then you could be charged with violating federal wiretapping laws. It is also a crime to install a GPS tracking device on an automobile that you do not own.
If you have been charged with a crime involving the use of a computer, tablet, smart phone or other electronic device you need to have an experienced attorney representing you in court.
For more information on Computer Crimes, please visit VT.edu