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Computer Crimes » What are the Penalties for Computer Crimes in Nevada?
Internet crime is a broad category, since there are a variety of crimes that can be committed over the internet. Identity theft and computer hacking are two of the more common internet crimes.
The federal computer fraud law that most directly relates to internet crime is the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA), (18 U.S.C. 1030). The CFAA is a cybersecurity law which makes it a crime to steal information from or damage a protected computer system.
This law criminalizes various different types of harmful internet activity, such as:
The penalties for conspiracy to violate, or for violations or attempted violations of the Act are:
Of the two offenses, identity theft is considered more serious. In circumstances of identity theft, someone obtains and uses another’s personal identifying information for any of the following unlawful purposes:
Identity theft is a category B felony offense in Nevada. Those convicted of this offense could face anywhere from one to twenty years in prison.
Delay of prosecution involves situations where a person gives a false name to a police officer. It is generally a category C felony punishable by one to five years in prison. However, for this offense, an individual can receive a sentence of probation.
Individuals facing charges for internet crimes should contact us to discuss a legal defense strategy.
A former Los Angeles prosecutor, attorney Neil Shouse graduated with honors from UC Berkeley and Harvard Law School (and completed additional graduate studies at MIT). He has been featured on CNN, Good Morning America, Dr Phil, Court TV, The Today Show and Court TV. Mr Shouse has been recognized by the National Trial Lawyers as one of the Top 100 Criminal and Top 100 Civil Attorneys.
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