Computer Crime Charges | Jefferson County Courts Lawyer
Whenever you use a computer, cell phone or tablet to commit a crime – even part of a crime – you face being charged with Jefferson County’s Computer Crime, located at C.R.S. 18-5.5-102. With many crimes, Computer Crime is an add-on charge to the real conduct. Consider Theft, for example. It is an independent crime involving permanently taking something of value from another person. Use a computer to set up an appointment for the theft, and you’ve just committed Computer Crime.
Computer Crime Lawyer in Douglas County, Colorado – Felony and Misdemeanor Charges
Unauthorized use of a computer or cell phone will normally result in a class 2 misdemeanor charge for each use. However, other parts of this law relate to theft or damages to the computer and its data. Charges here typically relate to the damage of the loss or harm. Since privacy and economic losses can quickly mount with database intrusion, a felony can quickly occur. Let’s examine these classes of Computer Crime in Colorado:
When the loss, damage, value of services, or thing of value taken, or cost of restoration or repair caused by a violation of this section is:
(I) Under $50 is a class 1 petty offense Computer Crime;
(II) $50 – $299 is a class 3 misdemeanor;
(III) $300 – $749 is a class 2 misdemeanor;
(IV) $750 – $1999 is a class 1 misdemeanor;
(V) $2,000 – $4999 is a class 6 felony;
(VI) $5,000 – $19,999 is a class 5 felony;
(VII) $20,000 – $199,999 is a class 4 felony;
(VIII) $100,000 – $999,000 is a class 3 felony; and
(IX) One million dollars or more, is a class 2 felony Computer Crime.
Computer Crime Restitution Attorney in Denver and Adams County, Colorado
With all criminal offenses like Computer Crime, Denver courts are quick to order generous restitution. Under our restitution statute, damages don’t need to be certain, but estimates of the loss occurring to a victim. Once a restitution order is entered in an Adams County Court, it becomes a civil judgment, and a victim can seize your home, take your car or garnish your wages and bank accounts. So, never openly plead guilty to questionable charges or losses. Courts can accept conditional pleas with limited damages.
Computer Crime Definition in Arapahoe County and Douglas County, Colorado
A summary of Colorado’s Computer Crime:
Computer Crime occurs if a person knowingly:
a. Accesses a computer, network or system or exceeds authorized access; or
b. Accesses a computer, network, or system for devising or executing any scheme or artifice to defraud; or
c. Accesses a computer, network, or system, by means of false or fraudulent pretenses, representations, or promises, money; property; services; or passwords; or
d. Accesses a computer, network or system to commit theft; or
e. Without authorization or in excess of authorized access alters, damages, interrupts, or causes the interruption or impairment of the proper functioning of a computer, network or system; or
f. Causes the transmission of a computer program, software, information, code, data, or command; or
g. Uses a software application that runs automated tasks over the internet to buy more than the authorized number of event tickets.
Without answers from you, Denver Police can’t prove a Computer Crime against you. Don’t help them convict you by talking. Use your right to remain silent and call our Computer Crime defense attorneys at 303-731-0719. Together, we can protect your future.