As technology advances, crime follows. As a result, cybercrimes are becoming more and more common. These crimes are taken very seriously in Texas. As a result, you should know what these crimes entail and the penalties they carry. If you are facing charges for cybercrime in Texas, you should reach out to an experienced attorney as soon as possible. Read on to learn more.
What are Cybercrimes in Texas?
In Texas, cybercrime includes:
- Knowingly accessing a computer, computer network, or computer system without the consent of the owner
- Knowingly soliciting a minor under the age of 17 over the internet, text message, or other electronic system in order to meet in person for the purpose of engaging in sexual behavior
- Knowingly accessing a computer system, network, program, software, or machine that is part of a voting system
- Creating a web page or leaving messages on a social networking site using the persona of another without the person’s consent with the intent to harm, defraud, intimidate or threaten someone
- Referencing the name, domain address, phone number, or any other identifying information of a person without that person’s consent, intending to cause the recipient to think the message is truly coming from that person, with the intent to harm or defraud someone
What are the Penalties for Cybercrime in Texas?
If you are charged with cybercrime, you may face the following penalties:
- Class B misdemeanor: Up to 180 days in county jail, fine of up to $2,000.
- Class A misdemeanor: Up to 1 year in jail, fine of up to $4,000.
- Third-degree felony: 2 to 10 years in state prison, fine of up to $10,000.
- Second-degree felony: 2 to 20 years in prison, fine of up to $10,000.
- First-degree felony: 5 years to life in prison, fine of up to $10,000.
If you or a loved one is facing charges for cybercrime in Texas, you will need an experienced attorney on your side. Reach out to our firm to discuss your case today.
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