Similar to White Collar Crimes, Computer Crime is an umbrella term. Most of us know the term “hacking,” but according to Texas law, hacking is just one of many Computer Crimes, including Identity Theft, Phishing Scams and tampering with voting machines.
Below are a few examples of Computer Crimes:
- Knowingly gaining access to a computer, network or system without the owner’s consent.
- Knowingly accessing and/or tampering with an electronic machine, system, network, computer program and/or software that is part of a voting system.
- Knowingly soliciting a person under the age of 17 using any kind of electronic system with the purpose to meet in person to engaging in sexual behavior with the defendant.
- Knowingly referencing someone’s name, physical address, phone number, domain address, or any other identifying information without the owner’s consent causing others to believe information or contact is actually coming from the owner with specific intent to harm or defraud someone.
- Knowingly using the persona of another person without that person’s consent with the intent to threaten, intimidate, harm or defraud someone.
As you can see the term “Computer Crimes” covers a very broad range of criminal activity and can be difficult to interpret. Charges range anywhere from a Class A Misdemeanor to a 3rd Degree Felony and punishments ranging from a small fine to 99 years in prison. Texas computer crimes laws are constantly changing to keep up with the fast pace of technology. That’s why you need the most up-to-date computer crimes attorney in Houston on your side. Matt Alford constantly studies Texas law changes so YOU can have the best defense available in Texas. Call 713-244-6666 today!