Cybercrimes in New Jersey | What You Should Know

To learn more about cybercrimes in New Jersey, continue reading and reach out to our dedicated and skilled Middlesex County criminal defense attorneys. Our legal team is on your side.

What are the different types of cybercrimes punishable in the state of New Jersey?

Cybercrimes are serious in New Jersey. Below are the most common types that are recognized and punishable by law.

  • Cyberstalking: Cyber harassment is considered a fourth-degree crime. Knowingly engaging in a court of conduct directed at a specific person causes fear by engaging in visual or physical proximity to the victim on at least two occasions. Cyberstalking can result in a $10,000 fine and up to 18 months in jail in New Jersey.
    • This offense can be include calling, writing, or confronting the victim in person by conveying threats
  • Internet Sex Crimes: Looking at, downloading, or distributing child pornography. Depending on a number of different factors, the penalties for internet sex crimes can range from third, second, and third-degree offenses. Child pornography is likely deemed to be a federal offense.
  • Identity Theft: Identity theft crimes are felony offenses. The following are all instances of identity theft:
    • Impersonating someone else for their benefit or to injure or defraud another
    • Impersonating someone or assuming a false identity to avoid payment for prior services
    • Obtaining identifying information with the purpose of assuming their identity to fraudulently avoid payment of a debt, avoid prosecution for a crime, or obtain a benefit
    • Pretending to be a representative of a person or organization to benefit, injure, or defraud another person
    • Impersonating someone else to obtain a benefit, injure, or defraud another
  • Wrongful Access: Intentionally accessing any data, computer, computer storage medium, computer equipment, computer system, or software without authorization to knowingly disclose any data, software, or personal identifying information.
    • Wrongful access is a third-degree crime that can be upgraded to a second-degree offense in the case that the disclosed data or info was protected by the law, rule of court, or court order
  • Credit Card Fraud: New Jersey law categorizes credit card fraud as either a third-degree or fourth-degree felony-level offense. The following are examples of credit card fraud:
    • Credit card theft
    • Receiving anything of value as a result of credit card fraud
    • Making a false statement to obtain a credit card
    • Using or accepting payment from a credit card knowing it was revoked, expired, or forged
    • Fraudulent use of a credit card
    • Receiving a lost credit card
    • Using a credit card to secure a debt
    • Signing a credit card without authorization
    • Counterfeiting a credit card, selling or buying a credit card from anyone other than the issuer

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When someone is charged with a crime, they have a lot to consider. However, we understand that everyone makes mistakes, which is why we are here to help. No matter your circumstances, if you are facing criminal charges, contact the Law Offices of Michael A. Policastro today for the experienced legal counsel you deserve and need.

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