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Cybercrimes

Computers are constantly being used and because of the coronavirus pandemic it has become our source of income, and educational institution for students as they enter their online learning phase. Internet-related crimes can be complicated because of all the information and anonymity that the internet provides. Nevertheless, as we continue to spend more and more time on computers, in the internet and using other forms of technology to stay connected it is vital to understand how internet and computer crime laws can affect you. In Colorado, internet and computer related crimes can be hard to grasp, especially because they cover activities ranging from damaging a computer system to hacking a secure network.

If you are facing state charges it is imperative, you consult with a legal professional. An experienced criminal defense attorney in Colorado can help you understand the intricacies of computer crime laws, and the charges you are facing.

Colorado Springs Cybercrimes Attorney

Technology can be complicated, and so can the laws and criminal statues surrounding it. There are many computer crimes that are prosecuted in the state of Colorado, and in the federal level such as drug trafficking, sex crimes, etc. Unfortunately, the regulations and laws that are meant to protect the victims of cybercrimes also prosecutes them. In 2018, 3.3 million people were responsible for the fraud that was committed against them, reports the Insurance Information Institute (I.I.I.). If you have been accused of internet or computer crimes, it is crucial that you seek legal representation.

Although the offense may not seem serious, unfortunately, there are drastic penalties if convicted of cybercrimes. Moreover, you could be facing state and federal charges. An experienced criminal defense attorney can help fight the charges against you. At Law Offices of Clifton Black, PC, we represent clients throughout the greater El Paso County area including surrounding counties such as Denver County and Arapahoe County. Our skilled and highly qualified attorneys have decades of combined legal experience defending clients. Call us at (719) 328-1616 to schedule a confidential consultation.

Computer Crimes in Colorado Information Center


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Colorado Cybercrimes

As technology continues to evolve, legislatures attempt to adapt and almost any activity online can carry a cyber allegation. The advancement of technology includes tablets and cell phones/mobile phones, these devices may be considered as a computer for the purpose of cybercrimes. Under Colo. Rev. Stat. §18-5.5-101 a person commits a computer crime if they knowingly:

As technology continues to evolve, legislatures attempt to adapt and almost any activity online can carry a cyber allegation. The advancement of technology includes tablets and cell phones/mobile phones, these devices may be considered as a computer for the purpose of cybercrimes. Under Colo. Rev. Stat. §18-5.5-101 a person commits a computer crime if they knowingly:

  • Access a computer, computer network, or system without authorization
  • Access any computer use for fraud
  • Access any computer, computer network, or system by means of false pretense
  • Access any computer to commit theft and without authorization uses the computer to alter, damage, or interrupt computer network or systems
  • Causes the transmission of a computer program, software, information, code, data, or command by means of a computer, computer network or system to cause damage
  • Use a software application that runs automated tasks over the internet to access a computer, computer network, or computer system to disable the function of any electronic queues, intended by the seller to limit the number of event tickets that may be purchased by any single person in an online event ticket sale as defined in  Rev. Stat. §6-1-720

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Federal Cybercrimes

Many computer crimes may also be federal offenses, therefore, cybercrimes, identity theft, and computer crimes can carry federal charges. A sentence for a federal offense can include having to serve time in prison, paying hefty fines, and/or having to pay restitution to the victim. Moreover, there are federal agencies responsible for investigating federal crimes. If you are under investigation, it is crucial to retain an experienced attorney. In other words, if a federal law enforcement agency (FBI, IRS, ICE, etc.) investigates the offense or if the criminal activity falls under the jurisdiction of the federal government, the case will be within the jurisdiction of the federal court.

Having legal representation when facing internet and computer crimes is crucial. In a federal court case, there are a multitude of factors that can negatively impact the outcome of your case. For instance, having various charges for related or unrelated offense can increase your penalty. When an individual is facing cybercrimes, they can also be charges with related or unrelated offenses depending on the circumstances of the case. For example, if an individual uses a computer for identity theft and fraud, the defendant will be facing harsher punishments. Also, if convicted the defendant will serve time in federal prison.


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Types of Cybercrimes

There are different types of internet and computer crimes that can involve an individual or a group of people working on criminal activities for financial gain, to damage a website or computer network. Below are some examples of crimes associated with cybercrimes:

Sex crimes can includes prostitution, child pornography, and solicitation. According to 18 U.S.C. § 2423 and 18 U.S.C. § 2422, the online solicitation of a minor is illegal and uses interstate or foreign commerce to solicit a minor for sexual activity, therefore it will fall under the jurisdiction of the federal courts.


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Additional Resources

U.S. Department of Justice | Computer Crime – Visit the link to learn more information about internet-related crimes. The department of justice provides resources to reporting intellectual property crimes, computer hacks, frauds, and other internet-related crimes.

Colorado Revised Statues (C.R.S. §18-5.5-101) – Visit the link to learn the legal definition of “computer crimes” in Colorado, and what qualifies as a “cybercrime.” The website also provides information on Title 18 criminal codes such as sentencing guidelines, offenses involving fraud, offenses against property, etc.


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Lawyer for Internet & Computer Crimes in Colorado Springs, CO

Legal representation is vital if you have been charged with an internet and computer crime. The attorneys at Law Offices of Clifton Black, PC, can guide you through the process, explain your legal options, and help you with your defense. Regardless of the situation, retaining an attorney is should be prioritized. The legality surrounding technology can be extremely complex, moreover, legislatures have continued to adapt and new laws regarding computer crimes carry harsh penalties. If you are facing state and federal charge, it is in your best interest to seek legal counsel. At Law Offices of Clifton Black, PC, our experienced and assertive attorneys will fight for your freedom. Contact us at (719) 328-1616 to schedule a consultation.


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