Understanding cybercrimes and digital evidence

On Behalf of | Jun 21, 2024 | Criminal Law |

Facing cybercrime charges in New York means you need to plan carefully and understand digital evidence well. Cybercrimes include illegal activities on the internet like hacking, identity theft, and tricking people to make money. If you’re accused of these crimes, it’s very important to handle the legal outcomes wisely.

Challenging evidence

A key aspect of defending yourself involves questioning the legitimacy of digital evidence presented against you. This includes data from computers, emails, and social media. It must be verified that this evidence was legally obtained and remains untampered with. Mishandling or unclear custody of evidence can weaken the case against you.

Using technical experts

Technical experts are important for looking at digital evidence. They find mistakes in how evidence is analyzed and suggest different ways to understand it. Their knowledge clears up confusion about technology and shows that digital evidence alone might not prove someone did something wrong.

Understanding cybercrime laws

New York has Article 156, which consists of laws dedicated to cybercrimes. These laws protect against issues such as the unauthorized use of a computer, tampering with a computer, hacking, identity theft, or stealing money. Being aware of the law helps to navigate the digital world safely and responsibly.

Building a strong defense

Lawyers also prepare by showing there was no plan to commit a crime or proving someone’s location using their online history. A good defense means getting everything ready well in advance, collecting evidence, and giving reasons why the prosecution might be wrong.

Clarity on law and technology

Defending against cybercrime charges in New York means understanding both the law and how technology works. By using these strategies, lawyers can build strong defenses that protect people’s rights against the challenges posed by digital evidence.