Dallas Hacking Crime Defense Lawyers
What Are Computer Hacking Charges?
On its own, “hacking” is not a crime. In fact, computer hacking is legally used by many individuals to upgrade computer systems, improve online security, and more. However, when hacking occurs without authorization, “hackers” may be charged with criminal offenses.
Generally speaking, computer hacking involves unauthorized access to a protected network or computer (or similar electronic device, such as a cell phone, tablet, or gaming system) without consent. Additionally, in most cases, computer hacking crimes are those that are allegedly carried out with willful and malicious intent.
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Examples of relatively common hacking and related charges include:
- Accessing a protected network or computer without consent
- Unlawful attempts to obtain national security information
- Causing intentional damage to information on a computer or the computer itself
- The use of computers/similar devices to commit extortion
- Trafficking in passwords
- Accessing a network/computer for the purpose of committing cyber fraud
If you or someone you care about has been charged with hacking, the Law Office of Patrick J. McLain, PLLC can help you understand your charges and take action to protect your rights. Our Dallas computer hacking attorneys are well-versed in a variety of cyber and computer crimes and, with over 30 years of experience, they know how to aggressively advocate for you.
Understanding Computer Hacking Charges in Texas
In the state of Texas, computer hacking falls under two separate statutes: the Texas Breach of Computer Security Law and the 1986 Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA). Under these statutes, particularly the CFAA, anyone who is charged with unlawfully gaining access to a “protected” computer or network can be convicted of the crime of computer hacking. Because the definition of a “protected computer or network” is so broad, and the penalties for computer hacking are so severe, many believe that the CFAA is outdated, with punishments far outweighing alleged offenses.
At the Law Office of Patrick J. McLain, PLLC, we can defend you against all types of computer hacking charges. Our legal team has extensive experience, including past experience in federal prosecution. We are available 24/7 to assist you and we offer legal services in both English and Spanish.
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