As a category, "computer crimes" include unlawful acts related to computers, computer systems, and computer networks. The individuals who participate in computer crimes are often known as "hackers." Common hacking activities range from unauthorized use of another person's email account or computer to unauthorized access with an intent to cripple an entire large-scale computer network. The Florida Computer Crimes Act is split into two types of offenses: crimes against intellectual property and crimes against computer users.
Florida Computer Crime Laws at a Glance
Florida Statutes Title XLVI. Crimes § 815.01
|Florida Computer Crimes Act: Offenses Against Intellectual Property||
A person who willfully, knowingly, and without authorization does any of the following acts commits an offense against intellectual property:
|Florida Computer Crimes Act: Offenses Against Computer Users||
A person commits an offense against users of computers, computer systems, computer networks, or electronic devices if he or she willfully, knowingly, and without authorization:
|Sentences and Penalties||
Offenses Against Intellectual Property
Offenses Against Computer Users
|Defenses to Computer Crime Charges||
Note: State laws are constantly changing -- please contact a Florida criminal defense attorney or conduct your own legal research to verify the state law(s) you are researching.
Have an Attorney Evaluate Your Criminal Charges
As you can see, there is a wide range of charges and respective penalties for committing a computer crime in the state of Florida -- and all such offenses are charged as felonies. If you have been charged with a computer crime or another offense, you should consider having a defense attorney give your charges an initial review at no cost.
Contact a qualified attorney.