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Computer Crime Denver Lawyer | C.R.S. 18-5.5-102

computer-crime-mainIn Denver and everywhere else in Colorado, our extensive use of computers, computer networks and computer systems, has resulted in a greater number of hacking and unauthorized computer access incidents than ever before. In response,  people can face charges of Computer Crime, C.R.S. 18-5.5-102, for accessing a computer without permission or causing any damage, interruption, alteration or impairment of computer systems. Always consult an experienced Computer Crime lawyer at the O’Malley Law Office if you are facing any criminal charges of Computer Crime in Colorado. Your future is at stake.

Computer Crime Definition in Arapahoe County

In Arapahoe County and across Colorado, Computer Crime, C.R.S. 18-5.5-102, charges occur whenever someone knowingly:

(a) Accesses a computer, computer network, or computer system or any part thereof without authorization; exceeds authorized access to a computer, computer network, or computer system or any part thereof; or uses a computer, computer network, or computer system or any part thereof without authorization or in excess of authorized access; or

(b) Accesses any computer, computer network, or computer system, or any part thereof for the purpose of devising or executing any scheme or artifice to defraud; or

(c) Accesses any computer, computer network, or computer system, or any part thereof to obtain, by means of false or fraudulent pretenses, representations, or promises, money; property; services; passwords or similar information through which a computer, computer network, or computer system or any part thereof may be accessed; or other thing of value; or

(d) Accesses any computer, computer network, or computer system, or any part thereof to commit theft; or

(e) Without authorization or in excess of authorized access alters, damages, interrupts, or causes the interruption or impairment of the proper functioning of, or causes any damage to, any computer, computer network, computer system, computer software, program, application, documentation, or data contained in such computer, computer network, or computer system or any part thereof; or

(f) Causes the transmission of a computer program, software, information, code, data, or command by means of a computer, computer network, or computer system or any part thereof with the intent to cause damage to or to cause the interruption or impairment of the proper functioning of or that actually causes damage to or the interruption or impairment of the proper functioning of any computer, computer network, computer system, or part thereof; or

(g) Uses or causes to be used a software application that runs automated tasks over the internet to access a computer, computer network, or computer system, or any part thereof, that circumvents or disables any electronic queues, waiting periods, or other technological measure intended by the seller to limit the number of event tickets that may be purchased by any single person in an online event ticket sale as defined in section 6-1-720, C.R.S.

Computer Crime Charges in Douglas County, Colorado: Practical Ways This Crime Can Be Charged

In Douglas County and across Colorado, men and women typically face Computer Crime charges whenever they hack into computers or steal important information or data. Common examples of this might be when a hacker gains access to a computer and gains access to passwords or bank account information, or if an employee gets access to a computer and alters something they’re not allowed to access, or destroys data they are not allowed to access. Men and women can also face Computer Crime charges after looking at someone’s email account or illegally downloading some of their files or information. Even looking at a person’s cell phone without their consent can warrant criminal charges for Computer Crime in Colorado – since many consider smart phones a computer. There are many ways you can face charges for Computer Crime in Colorado and in every case, you should involve an experienced Computer Crime lawyer to defend you.

Computer Definition in Jefferson County, Colorado

The definition of “computer” in Jefferson County and across Colorado is:

“An electronic, magnetic, optical, electromagnetic, or other data processing device which performs logical, arithmetic, memory, or storage functions by the manipulations of electronic, magnetic, radio wave, or light wave impulses, and includes all input, output, processing, storage, software, or communication facilities which are connected or related to or operating in conjunction with such a device.”

This definition is broad enough to include flash drives, external hard drives, DVD’s, cloud storage accounts and even cell phones. What this means is that it is much easier for men and women to face criminal charges for Computer Crime in Golden, Arvada and Lakewood, Colorado.

Computer Crime Consequences in Adams County, Colorado

In Adams County and across Colorado, when you violate part (a) as listed in the above statute, you will face class 2 misdemeanor charges. However, if you’ve previously been convicted for a violation of part (a) of the statute, or a statute of another state of similar content and purport, it becomes a class 6 felony. Violating part (g) of this statute is a class 1 misdemeanor. Additionally, below are the following charges you can face based on the loss, damage, value of services, or thing of value taken, or cost of restoration or repair caused by a violation of Computer Crime:

Loss, Damage or Value of Thing Taken or Cost of Repair Class of Petty Offense, Misdemeanor, or Felony Computer Crime
Less than $50 Class 1 Petty Offense Computer Crime
$50 or more but less than $300 Class 3 Misdemeanor Computer Crime
$300 or more but less than $750 Class 2 Misdemeanor Computer Crime
$750 or more but less than $2,000 Class 1 Misdemeanor Computer Crime
$2,000 or more but less than $5,000 Class 6 Felony Computer Crime
$5,000 or more but less than $20,000 Class 5 Felony Computer Crime
$20,000 or more but less than $100,000 Class 4 Felony Computer Crime
$100,000 or more but less than $1,000,000 Class 3 Felony Computer Crime
$1,000,000 or more Class 2 Felony Computer Crime

El Paso County and Colorado Springs Computer Crime Lawyers | Call Today

The El Paso County and Colorado Springs criminal defense lawyers at the O’Malley Law Office have been defending men and women accused or charged with computer-related crimes for over 25 years, and can’t stress enough the importance of contacting us early on in your criminal case. Early involvement of one of our knowledgeable criminal defense attorneys may help you avoid possible jail or prison time and a criminal record. Call today to schedule a free initial consultation and protect your future.

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If you or a loved one is facing Computer Crime charges anywhere in Colorado, be smart and exercise your right to remain silent. Then, contact the best criminal defense attorneys at the O’Malley Law Office at 303-830-0880. Together, we can protect your future.
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