Categories of criminal activity
The classification of online criminal activity falls into two main categories: cyber-dependent and cyber-enabled crimes.
These lists are non-exhaustive, so if you are accused of committing any kind of crime online, it is vital to gain perspective and advice from a specialist cyber-crime solicitor.
Honest advice from expert solicitors
Any kind of criminal activity can affect prospects for work in the future. With so much at stake, we strongly advise that you seek the help of an experienced professional who can help to get you the best possible outcome.
Our online crime team will be honest and upfront about what you can expect if you are found guilty by the courts, and will work hard on your behalf.
We understand that this will be a difficult time, especially when employment may be at stake, but we are with you every step of the way. If you need to speak to a cyber-crime solicitor about a case, contact us today on 0161 969 3131 or fill in our online contact form to arrange a consultation.
Can you go to prison for cyber-crime?
In some cases, yes. The level of severity of an online crime and the extent of damage it causes will play a part in deciding whether or not a person should go to prison. Internet crime is often an extension of traditional crime and so sentencing will be made in accordance with relevant laws.
The courts will make the final decision. Sometimes a fine or suspended sentence is issued, but in the most dangerous of online offences, there is a risk of imprisonment.
Speaking with a qualified expert will help you to understand the severity of the case if you have been accused. Do so as soon as possible.
What is social media crime?
Social media crime covers any kind of criminal activity that takes place on social media platforms. This can range from trolling and online harassment to ‘revenge porn’ and grooming.
The consequences of social media crime are broad and depending on the severity of the crime there could be serious penalties.
What is cyber fraud?
Cyber fraud enables fraudsters to access sensitive personal information through phishing. This can lead to identity theft, where people can gain enough information to impersonate someone to obtain passports, get credit cards or access someone’s money.
If you have been accused of cyber fraud, you will need professional advice before appearing in court.
Sentencing for indecent images of children
It is a highly serious offence to share indecent images without consent, and especially so for indecent images of children. Taking, making, sharing and possessing indecent images and pseudo-photographs of people under 18 is illegal.
These offences are triable either way, and have a maximum custodial sentence of 5 years under the Criminal Justice Act 1988 or up to 10 years under the Protection of Children Act 1978.
Seek legal advice from a cyber-crime solicitor at the earliest opportunity if you are accused of sharing or interacting with indecent images of people under 18 online.