Computer Crime Attorney in Fort Bend County
Serving Clients in the Greater Houston Area for over a Decade
A few decades ago, the concept of needing a
criminal defense lawyer dedicated to computer crimes would have been mind-boggling. However,
with the increasing development of technology, cybercrime has become so
advanced that many people are rightly terrified by the idea of having
their identities, money, and private information stolen by online criminals.
Federal and state governments have also set much stricter laws and consequences,
in hopes of deterring hackers from illegally accessing and dispersing
While these laws are crucial to keep us safe, they can also pose serious
problems if we accidentally behave in a way that crosses online legal
boundaries. Without even knowing it, we might easily download and spread
malware, click on links that are not legitimate sites, or even accidentally
connect to dangerous trafficking or pornographic material. Suddenly, by
no fault of your own, you could become a victim of others’ online
criminal activity. Although you may be completely innocent, suddenly you
are held responsible, simply because the complex electronic traces seem
to lead back to you. In such a situation, it is necessary to find a skilled
computer crime lawyer in Fort Bend County as soon as possible.
The Sims Law Firm, PLLC is ready to lend a hand with even the most complex types of computer crime
Call us today at
(713) 766-1445 to get a free consultation for your defense against computer crime accusations.
Types of Computer & Internet Crimes
At our firm, we tackle many different sorts of computer crimes. While every
case is individual, many courts have taken to classifying these occurrences
into common categories.
We have successfully defended victims accused about crimes from every one
of these groups, including:
Accessing someone else’s computer or network without permission
Visitation of illegal websites
Solicitation performed on the internet
Solicitation of a minor
Hacking of laptops, computers, and handheld devices
Sexual or emotional exploitation of a minor or vulnerable person
Penalties for Texas Cyber Crimes
A charge for breach of computer security (i.e. gaining access to another
person’s computer without his/her consent) could range from a Class
B misdemeanor or up to a first-degree felony depending on the circumstances
of the offense. A Class B misdemeanor is punishable by jail term of up
180 days and a maximum fine $2,000, while a first-degree felony carries
a lifetime prison sentence and a fine no more than $10,000.
Online solicitation of a minor is a third-degree felony; however, if the
minor is younger than 14 years of age, it is a second-degree felony. A
third-degree felony can lead to a maximum prison term of 10 years and
a fine not exceeding $10,000, while a second-degree felony can result
in a prison sentence of up to 20 years and a fine of the same amount.
Online harassment of another may considered to be a categorized as criminal
in the Texas Penal Code.
Getting Online Consent
One of the most complex challenges for people using the internet is that
of acquiring legal consent to re-share and repost content. Often, the
guidelines for posting are vague and unclear, or even change depending
on the public media or platform being used. As a result, it becomes easy
for people to accidentally post or access content without the original
In some cases, however, you may even have the consent of the owner, except
that it turns out the actor was not authorized to legally even give consent.
This may be because the user or owner is underage, or due to mental disability
or disease, or even under the influence of alcohol or drugs, was not able
to properly give consent. In other cases, consent given by the owner may
have been purposefully or accidentally taken from a previous owner. These
are just a few examples of the complications involved in consent cases,
made even more challenging by the fact that many users are anonymous or
use false identification.
Experience You Can Trust
The multiple complications of a computer crime defense can feel overwhelming,
but remember that you are not alone. Our seasoned computer crime attorney
in Fort Bend County are highly trained for these complex situations, and
skilled in tackling both state and federal law.
Contact us now at
(713) 766-1445 so The Sims Law Firm, PLLC can defend you in any computer-related crime today.