What are the Penalties for Cybercrime in New York?

Punishments for cybercrime in New York often include misdemeanor and felony charges. Continue reading to learn more about the different cybercrime penalties and the definitions of each cybercrime. If you are facing cybercrime charges, it is important that you retain the services of an experienced criminal defense attorney. Contact our firm today to learn how we can assist you.

What are the types of cybercrime?

  • Internet sex crimes: Possessing or promoting a sexual performance by a child, disseminating indecent material to a minor, or possessing or promoting an obscene sexual performance by a child. Internet sex crimes are considered Class E Felonies.
  • Unauthorized use of a computer: When someone knowingly uses or accesses a computer, computer services, or computer network without authorization. This is a Class A Misdemeanor.
  • Computer trespass: When an individual gains access to a computer and knowingly gains access to computer material without authorization or does so with the intent to commit, attempt, or further the commission of another felony offense. This is a Class E Felony.

What are the penalties for cybercrime in New York?

The penalties for cybercrime will depend on the type of cybercrime committed, if the defendant has prior criminal charges, and who the victim of the crime is. Cybercrime can result in any of the below misdemeanors or felonies:

  • Class A Misdemeanor: may result in a one-year prison sentence and/or fines not exceeding $1,000
  • Class B Misdemeanor: may result in a jail sentence of up to three months and/or fines not exceeding $500
  • Class D Felony: may result in a maximum prison sentence of seven years and/or fines not exceeding $5,000 or double the defendant’s financial gain
  • Class E Felony: may result in a maximum prison sentence of four years and/or fines not exceeding $5,000 or double the defendant’s financial gain
  • Class C Felony: may result in a maximum prison sentence of 15 years and/or fines not exceeding $5,000 or double the defendant’s financial gain
  • Class B Felony: may result in a maximum prison sentence of 25 years and/or fines not exceeding $5,000 or double the defendant’s financial gain

If you are facing a cybercrime charge, it is important that you retain the services of an experienced New York criminal defense attorney who will fight to protect your rights in court. To learn more about our services and how we can assist you, give our firm a call today to schedule your initial consultation.

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