Fighting computer fraud is a top priority for many law enforcement agencies across the country. As a result, more and more people are suddenly finding themselves facing serious criminal charges often without even realizing that they were under investigation.
If you have been accused of computer fraud, you need to take your situation very seriously. Here, we provide some important recommendations for steps you should be taking right away.
- Avoid Speaking to Investigators and Law Enforcement without Legal Representation.
If you have been accused of computer fraud, you should avoid speaking to investigators and law enforcement officers without legal representation. You have the right to be represented, and it is important that you not say anything unless your attorney advises you to do so. Never, never admit guilt.
- Keep Quiet on Social Media.
While you may be frightened, concerned, or feel that you have been treated unfairly, these are thoughts that at least for the time being you should keep to yourself. Government prosecutors and investigators know to look for evidence of guilt on social media and too often they find exactly what they are looking for. You should assume that anything you say online will be monitored and, to protect yourself, you should stay away from social media entirely.
- Write Down Everything You Remember.
Criminal cases take time, and over time you may start to forget key information that could help in getting your charges dismissed. If local police, the FBI, or other government agents raided your home, it can be helpful to write down everything you remember about what happened as soon as possible. Did they knock? Did they show you a warrant? What agency were they with? Did they take your computer or anything else? These are all important details that you will need to share with your lawyer.
- Don’t Try to Erase Evidence.
Trying to erase evidence makes you look guilty. It is also a crime all on its own. If you have been accused of computer fraud, you should not try to erase evidence or undo what you have done. If anything, it will just make matters worse.
- Contact a Criminal Defense Attorney Right Away.
All of this leads up to you needing an experienced criminal defense lawyer on your side. The government has teams of investigators and prosecutors who are trying to put you in jail, and you need someone in your corner who can ensure that you receive a fair trial. Generally speaking, the sooner you get started, the better your chances of having your charges dropped or being found not guilty in court.
Keep in mind that these are general recommendations and do not constitute legal advice. For comprehensive guidance on your situation and to seek legal representation for your computer fraud allegations, use the link below to contact The Criminal Defense Firm today.
Speak with a Criminal Defense Attorney about Your Computer Fraud Case Today
The Criminal Defense Firm provides experienced and aggressive representation for individuals facing criminal charges under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act and other state and federal laws. For a free case assessment and to get started on your defense, we encourage you to contact us now.
Dr. Nick Oberheiden is a national litigation and trial criminal defense attorney who practices exclusively in the area of federal law.