Penalties for Cybercrimes in New Jersey

Cybercrimes are punishable by law in New Jersey. Depending on the type of cybercrime, you could be facing a fourth, third, or first-degree crime penalty. Continue reading to discover the different types of cybercrime, what entails these crimes, and their penalties in New Jersey. If you are facing a cybercrime charge, reach out to our experienced criminal defense lawyer today to protect your rights. Contact our firm to schedule an initial consultation to learn what we can do for you and your upcoming legal process.

Penalties for Cybercrimes

  • First-Degree Crime: Fines up to $200,000 and 10 to 20-year prison sentence
  • Third-Degree Crime: Fines up to $150,000 and 5 to 10-year prison sentence
  • Fourth-Degree Crime: Fines up to $10,000 and up to 18 months imprisonment

Types of Cybercrimes

  • Cyberstalking: Purposefully engaging in a court of conduct directed at a specific person causing fear by engaging in visual or physical proximity to the victim on at least two occasions. This can include calling, writing, or confronting the victim in person by conveying threats
  • Internet Sex Crimes: Looking at, downloading, or distributing child pornography
  • Identity Theft:
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
  • 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    • Using or accepting payment from a credit card knowing it was revoked, expired, or forged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
    • Signing a credit card without authorization
    • Counterfeiting a credit card, selling or buying a credit card from anyone other than the issuer
    • Receiving a lost credit card
    • Using a credit card to secure a debt
  • Wrongful Access: Purposefully and knowing 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. This is a third-degree crime that can sometimes 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

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