Some of the possible charges one can face for computer crimes, internet crimes, or online sexual offense crimes, include allegations that can carry severe state and federal criminal penalties. In modern cases, computer forensic issues can crop up in all types of prosecutions, including white collar offenses. If you are under investigation or have been arrested for a computer crime or internet crime in the San Francisco Bay Area, you should contact a lawyer immediately.
Our office has handled the defense of computer crime cases, and has worked extensively with experts on computer forensic analysis issues. Our office has moved to compel the production of software source code in a computer crime case, and has handled trial and post-conviction proceedings in computer crime cases. We have extensively litigated motions to compel the production of relevant electronic or digital data in computer crime cases. In order to adequately assess the strength of the prosecution case against you, you must work with an attorney who has knowledge about how computer forensic examinations and analysis are conducted in these types of cases. Issues related to IP addresses, routers, and cell phone data all may need to be analyzed. There may be complicated search and seizure issues, or challenges to warrants that must be raised.
A computer related crime that is aggressively prosecuted in the San Francisco Bay Area is commonly known as “sexting,” or sending harmful matter to a prohibited person. These crimes can carry sex registration requirements under Penal Code Section 290. There are numerous complicated legal issues that may arise in a “sexting” case. These can include issues pertaining to the search and seizure of electronic data held by third party service providers. In some of these cases, there may be potential violations of the California Electronic Privacy Act, or Penal Code Section 1546 et. seq. that could be raised. We have experience raising challenges to the seizure of electronic evidence or computer data in these types of cases.
In some cases, the appropriate approach may be to recommend client enter immediately into mental health treatment. We can also discuss with you this option if appropriate in your specific case.
Our office has years of experience defending computer crime cases, including allegations of online sexual offenses. Contact our office today for a confidential consultation to discuss your case.