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The internet has become the biggest tool for individuals, entities, businesses, and the government. The internet has also become a tool through which crimes, such as fraud, are committed. Internet crime has become common and as a result, Federal authorities have been heavily monitoring criminal activity occurring through the internet.

General Information:

Internet crimes include such offenses as child pornography, identity theft, wire fraud, credit card fraud, illegal downloading, computer hacking, cyber stalking, and many others. Being charged with an internet crime is a federal offense and carries serious penalties. You may face prison time, probation, fines, restitution (to pay back any funds taken). If you are being charged with an internet crime you need an experienced defense attorney to defend your case.

What To Expect When All of your Computers and Telephones are Seized Related to a Sex Crime Investigation?

I’ve had this happen many, many a time to my clients where the federal government comes in with a search warrant, takes all their computers, takes all their cell phones, any tablets that they have, other items, and then they will sit down with them and ask them questions about who owns these computers; who owns these phones and tablets to try and lock in, so if they find anything they can blame if all on that person.  They ask them other questions that are relevant to their investigation and then they leave.  Now the person is left scratching their head.  They usually have a piece of paper that shows exactly what the law enforcement agents took and they have a whole bunch of questions about what’s going to happen next.

That’s why we get you in the office and sit down and go over your particular scenario and then we can really get a game plan as to what’s going to happen next and what you’re going to do to defend yourself.  But since we did put this out there, I’m going to give you a kind of a feel for what happens next.  They’re going to forensically look into those computers and those phones.  They have experts who can breakdown anything that’s been deleted.  They can breakdown anything that has any type of encryption on it or any other software that blocks law enforcement or anybody from getting to files.  A lot of times people don’t even have anything blocking.  They’ve already downloaded child pornography for example and now the police just need to get their hands on it, confirm what it is and now they’re going to deal with the case.

Consulting with an Experienced Defense Attorney

But it takes some times because these guys are stacked up with computers that they need to evaluate.  I would say it takes anywhere from six months to a year in order for them to look into those devices.  Not necessarily because it’s so difficult or time consuming to look into the device, but because of the backlog of work that these forensic experts have to do.What you can do in the meantime is hire an attorney.  Let the attorney contact law enforcement.  One of two things is going to be going on.  Either law enforcement themselves — the FBI, Secret Service, Homeland Security — are going to be handling the investigation and they’re going to fully look at everything, put together a package for the prosecutors who the Assistant United States Attorney take it to them and have them deal with the case.

Or, sometimes, depending on the circumstances, the prosecutors will be involved from the beginning and they’ll be the ones that are directing law enforcement as to what to do and getting the information as it comes in, coordinating and dealing with the investigators.  Either way, our defense attorney can contact the investigators, talk to them about what’s going on, let them know that they represent you and let them know that they are there to answer any questions and to deal with any issues that might come up.  This is very helpful because if you don’t have an attorney what ends up happening is once they’re done investigating everything, if they’ve got a case, they’re just going to come out and arrest you no matter where you are and they’re going to send you into the system.

Whereas, if you’ve got an attorney, a lot of times, not all the time — but I would say the great majority of the time — your attorney is going to be contacted and it’s probably going to be the prosecutor who contacts him and there’s going to be  discussion about how the matter is going to be dealt with moving forward.  That’s important.  Because now your attorney can start to direct things — can start to see if there are any defenses that night be available to you and can make things easier for you where you’re not just grabbed.  A bond situation can be discussed and set up where you’re going into court and everything is discussed, locked down and things go smoothly in court so you can get out of custody and deal with your case.

Negotiation with Federal Prosecutor

The bottom line is this.  Get an attorney.  Let the attorney handle things — as long as it’s an attorney who has done these type of cases before, then you will be in a much stronger position to defend yourself and make things go smoothly.  Once you make the first appearance, it will be argued before the Judge as to what type of a bond, if any — sometimes you’re looking at a mandatory minimum or a lot of time in custody, so the government is going to argue that you be detained, other times your attorney can work something out with the government, and still other terms, it’s an argument in the courthouse to ultimately decide  ‘the prosecutor argues one thing; defense attorney argues another; the court makes the final decision.

The next thing that’s going to happen is you’re going to be set into a Judge who is going to be in charge of our case.  Your attorney is going to be given all the paperwork, any digital evidence and any type of evidence the government intends to use in the case against you and a lot of times the Judges will bring you into court and they’ll make the government go over their case and give the defense an idea, give the court an idea of what they’re intending to do, what type of evidence they have and then the case will move forward.  Your attorney is going to start making decisions on what type of motions might be able to be filed, whether a plea agreement should be reached or whether the case is going to be fought in a jury trial. So, get on it quick.  Don’t wait until the last minute.  Don’t bury your head in the sand.  Get an attorney who knows what they’re doing and can start making the moves that are going to make a difference for you moving forward in your federal criminal matter.

Contact Our Federal Criminal Lawyers

At Hedding Law Firm, our internet crime defense lawyers have the experience and knowledge of the federal system and how it works. Our law firm can and will effectively defend you. Our federal criminal lawyers ensure the protection of your rights from the beginning of your case all they way through jury trial. We may even be able to get alternative sentencing to prison depending on the circumstances of your case.

We use computer experts to provide you the best and most aggressive approach in defending your case. If you have been charged with any form of internet crime, contact our law firm for a free consultation.

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