Overview of Tennessee Computer Crime Laws
As computers become more and more ubiquitous in our lives, the potential to defraud or commit other crimes with computers increases. Hacking into a computer to access credit card numbers is one example. Tennessee, like most other states, has a statute specifically addressing computer crimes. The Tennessee Personal and Commercial Computer Act of 2003 identifies a number of violations that involve a computer or computer network. Penalties can include prison time, while victims of computer crimes are permitted to file civil lawsuits to recover their losses.
The following table provides a general overview of Tennessee computer crime laws.
|Code Section||39-14-601, et seq.; 39-14-105|
|Mental State Required for Prosecution||Knowingly, directly or indirectly|
|Misdemeanor Computer Crimes||Access is class C misdemeanor; introducing virus is class B; hacking into any computer system is class A|
|Felony Computer Crimes||Access for purpose of fraudulently obtaining money, property or services; act of terrorism|
|Attempt Considered a Crime?||Yes|
|Civil Lawsuit Permitted?||Yes|
Note: State laws are constantly changing -- contact a Tennessee criminal defense attorney or conduct your own legal research to verify the state law(s) you are researching.
Specific Violations Under Tennessee Computer Crime Laws
One commits a computer crime by knowingly accessing (or attempting to access) any computer or network for the purpose of:
Also, anyone who intentionally and without authorization does any of the following, they may be charged with a computer crime:
How to Report Suspected Computer Crimes in Tennessee
The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation's cyber crime unit focuses on online victimization of children; online fraud; malware; hacking; and computer intrusion. To report a suspected cyber crime in Tennessee, the TBI directs visitors to the National White Collar Crime Center.
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