Computer Crimes


Greensboro attorneys help defendants facing Internet crimes

It seems our entire world depends on computers — personal communications, business and government cannot function without them. Unfortunately, people with ill intentions have become just as dependent on computers. Computer crimes are skyrocketing. Consequently, investigation and prosecution of them have grown harsher.

North Carolina and federal agencies mount the power of task forces and top-grade technology against cybercrimes. You deserve the same high-tech representation from a lawyer at Clifford & Harris, PLLC.

How The Clifford Division can help

Our lawyers are leaders in defending clients in Guilford County who face Internet-related charges. We grasp this technologically complicated area of state and federal law. We know how to protect your interests.

Our attorneys defend a wide range of cybercrimes and white collar crimes stemming from the illegal use of the Internet via software, malware, websites, email, social media, message boards and chat rooms.

Cybercrime may include (but are not limited to):

  • Bogus emails
  • Credit card fraud
  • Cyberbullying
  • Debit card fraud
  • Fraud
  • Hacking
  • Harassment
  • Identity theft
  • Intrusion
  • Misuse of social media, such as Facebook and Twitter
  • Money laundering
  • Phishing
  • Sex crimes
  • Child pornography
  • Child procurement
  • Cyber stalking
  • Posing as a child
  • Pornography
  • Spamming
  • Stalking
  • Use of stolen credit card numbers
  • Virus creation and dissemination
  • Wire fraud

Computer crimes are classified as federal offenses most often when they involve crossing state lines or violating federal law. Violation of a federal cybercrime carries a sentence of up to 10 years in prison for a first offense and up to 20 years in prison for subsequent offenses.

North Carolina tech-based crimes and punishments

In some cases, illegal use of a computer to commit a fraud or other crime is a misdemeanor under state law, and sometimes it is a felony.

Crimes and possible penalties under state law include:

  • Accessing a computer to obtain property or services by false pretenses or to tamper with educational materials – Class G felony
  • Accessing for any other purpose – Class 1 misdemeanor
  • Accessing government computers to obtain property or services by false pretenses – Class F felony
  • Accessing a government computer for any other purpose – Class H felony
  • Damage to a computer, network or system of more than $1,000 – Class G felony
  • Damage to a government computer system – Class F felony
  • Denying computer services to an authorized user – Class 1 misdemeanor
  • Denying government computer services – Class H felony
  • Extortion via computer – Class H felony
  • Computer trespass – Class 3 misdemeanor
  • Cyberbullying of a minor, Class 1 misdemeanor (if over 18), Class 2 misdemeanor (if under 18)
  • Cyberbullying of a school employee by a student – Class 2 misdemeanor

Attorneys who know how to fight Internet crime charges

In Greensboro and High Point, Clifford & Harris, PLLC has the technological savvy and resources to avoid maximum penalties in Internet crime cases. Let us discuss our experience and your options. Call our firm today at 336-574-2788 or email us for an appointment for a free consultation.