While many may be familiar with "hacking" from watching their favorite television shows or reading the latest news headline, a broader variety of activities may qualify as computer crimes. Examples of common computer crimes include:
In South Dakota, one of the most common computer crimes is called "Unlawful Use of a Computer System," and encompasses a wide array of actions a person can illegally do on a computer. In order to be guilty of this crime, the perpetrator must have have "knowingly " committed these acts.
Possible Defenses to Computer Crimes Charges
There are several possible defenses to a computer crimes charges in South Dakota. Among them are:
|Code Section||S.D. Cod. Laws § 43-43B-1 to § 43-43B-8|
|Definition of Gambling||Knowingly|
|Misdemeanor Computer Crimes||Obtaining use, altering or destroying system, access and disclosure without consent where value is $1000 or less, class 1 misdemeanor; obtaining use, altering or destroying system as part of deception where value involved is $1000 or less, class 1 misdemeanor.|
|Felony Computer Crimes||Obtaining use, altering or destroying system, access and disclosure without consent where value involved is more than $1000, class 6 felony; Obtaining use, altering or destroying system as part of deception; value is more than $1000, class 4 felony.|
|Attempt Considered a Crime?||Yes|
Note: State computer crimes laws are constantly changing -- contact a South Dakota criminal attorney or conduct your own legal research to verify the state law(s) you are researching.
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