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Internet Crimes


Federal crimes carried out through the use of the internet are characterized as internet or cyber crimes. A conviction for any internet-related crime can be devastating to your life and future because it often involves a prison sentence. Allegations that involve illegitimate money can result in the Government moving to seize all your assets and leave you in financial ruins – e.g., home, properties, bank accounts, and stock portfolios.

The statute of limitations for most federal crimes is five (5) years. This allows the Government to conduct a lengthy and meticulous investigation before charging someone. The most common investigative agencies that investigate someone for internet crimes are:

Top Internet Crimes Lawyer for High Stakes Federal Cases

If you are under investigation for an internet-related crime, then you must be aware that the government does not take these cases lightly. Many lawyers have never practiced in federal court because it involves a different set of rules and procedure than state court. Therefore, you must enlist the help of an experienced and knowledgeable federal internet crimes attorney.

Attorney John Rogers is a board certified criminal law specialist. This rare achievement has only been achieved by a small percentage of California lawyers. His results and qualifications have been recognized by the hundreds of satisfied clients he has served. He stands ready to intervene at any stage of the case, investigate the pertinent facts, and provide you with a positive outcome.

Common Internet Crimes

Identity Theft

Identity theft is charged under 18 U.S.C. § 1028A making it unlawful to use the personal identifying information of another without their consent. This can occur by making internet purchases with someone else's credit card, or open opening up a credit account under someone else's name without their consent. It is punishable by a mandatory two-year federal prison sentence that will run consecutive with any other charge.

Credit Card Fraud

Federal credit card fraud is codified under 15 U.S.C. § 1644 making it unlawful to use the credit card information of another in a transaction affecting interstate or foreign commerce without their consent. This can occur when the defendant uses the credit card of another to make internet purchases without their consent. It carries a punishment of up to 10-years in federal prison and up to $10,000 in fines.

Sex Crimes

Child pornography can be charged in several ways: (1) possession/receipt; (2) distribution of child pornography; or (3) manufacturing child pornography. It is a cyber crime because it involves the use of the internet to obtain or distribute. The penalties are significant, often requiring a prison sentence and the requirement to register as a sex offender for life. Other forms of federal internet sex crimes include soliciting a minor for a sexual encounter.

Computer Hacking

Unauthorized computer access, also known as computer hacking, is charged under 18 U.S.C. § 1030. Generally, it is a crime to intrude or exceed authorization to obtain certain records or commit fraud – e.g., sensitive, private, or financial information. A conviction for a computer crime can be significant, such as a federal prison sentence of up to 20-years.

Drug Trafficking

Drug trafficking can occur through the use of the “dark web” or by arranging the shipment of a controlled substance into the United States by way of the internet. The consequences for coordinating drug crimes over the internet will depend on the substance type, weight, and purity.

What Are the Penalties Associated with Internet Crimes?

Many internet charges are filed in conjunction with other federal crimes. There is a lot of overlap between crimes that allow the prosecutor to charge someone with an assortment of offenses based on a single act. For instance, a person could also be charged with money laundering, bank fraud, and wire fraud. The federal government is very firm with internet charges because of the difficulty in tracking suspects in a widespread international black market.

The legal consequences with internet crimes may carry the following:

  • Serving time in federal prison
  • Restrict the use of internet access
  • Register as a sex offender for sex crimes
  • Payment of restitution and court fines

Other collateral consequences may include:

  • A federal felony conviction on your record for life
  • Life-time prohibition from owning or possessing a firearm
  • Suspension or revocation of your professional license
  • Adverse immigration consequences for non U.S. citizens

Legal Strategies for Federal Internet Crimes

If you are a subject or target of a federal cyber crime investigation, then you must have effective and competent legal representation. Our office will explore the origins of the government's case and determine how agents were able to identify you in their investigation. We will determine whether the agents committed any unconstitutional intrusions upon your privacy without the benefit of a search warrant. We will intervene at any stage and proactively develop strategies to either avoid ever being charged or prevent unnecessary allegations. We will always explore the following:

  • Constitutional violations committed by agents or the government
  • Whether you were the victim of a hacker using your information to cover their identity
  • Determine if the evidence is insufficient for the government to earn a conviction
  • Explore all pretrial motions to preclude the government from introducing certain evidence
  • Ensure you receive sentencing credits in the event you cooperate

Call a Federal Criminal Defense Lawyer Today

Most people under investigation or who are charged with a computer crime are usually first time offenders. We understand this unnerving feeling and help you navigate through an unfamiliar system. Give us a call to speak with an experienced federal criminal defense attorney. Contact us to schedule a free confidential consultation concerning your rights, defense, and to discuss your options.


Orange County federal crimes lawyer John Rogers is committed to providing exceptional representation all throughout California federal courts.

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