Breach of Computer Security in Houston
Experienced Houston Cyber Crime Attorney
Breach of computer security is a criminal offense in which a person knowingly gains access to a computer, computer network, or computer system without the owner’s consent. Charges and penalties for this computer crime can vary depending on the unique circumstances of a case and the accused individual’s criminal history.
Individuals charged with the offense may face the following charges.
Class B Misdemeanor
Standard first time charges for breach of computer security will result in Class B misdemeanor allegations. Penalties include up to $2,000 in fines, up to 180 days imprisonment, or both.
State Jail Felony
Breach of computer security may become a state jail felony if the accused individual has two or more prior convictions for the same offense or the computer, network, or system is owned by a government agency or critical infrastructure facility. Elevated charges for breach of computer security can arise when a person gains unauthorized access to a computer, network, or system with the intent to defraud or harm another or alter, damage, or delete property. Penalties for this elevated offense will vary depending on the value of the damages or property stolen.
- Less than $20,000 – State jail felony
- $20,000 or more, but less than $100,000 – Third-degree felony
- $100,000 or more, but less than $200,000 or if the computer, network, or system is owned by the government – Second-degree felony
- More than $200,000 – First-degree felony
In some situations, prosecutors may choose to charge accused individuals under one or both sections of this law. Regardless of the specific charge being pursued, prosecutors work zealously with specialized cyber-crime units and investigators to accumulate evidence and build strong cases. As a result, those who stand accused should make it a priority to consult with an experienced criminal defense lawyer as soon as possible.
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