Crimes committed using a computer and the Internet are usually charged and prosecuted under federal law. This is possible because using the Internet
to commit a crime is a form of using the telephone to commit a crime, which has long been held to be a violation of federal law.
The practical importance of this distinction is that any person accused of any type of computer crime and prosecuted in the federal criminal justice
system usually faces harsher penalties — as well as being caught up in a justice system that is distinctly different from the Louisiana
If you are under investigation for or have been arrested on charges of any type of computer crime, it is important to search for an attorney who
has experience defending clients in the federal criminal system. Of equal importance are other qualities of the lawyer: Has he handled computer
crimes cases before? Is criminal defense a sideline practice or his primary focus? Can he demonstrate a pattern of success in his career as
a defense lawyer?
Our law firm is led by Lafayette criminal defense lawyer J. Kevin Stockstill, a local attorney who has more than 20 years' experience working as
a criminal defense lawyer on behalf of clients throughout southern and central Louisiana.
A veteran criminal defense lawyer, Mr. Stockstill makes criminal defense work the primary focus of his practice. Throughout the years, our law
firm has won significant victories on behalf of clients charged with a wide range of criminal acts.
Mr. Stockstill has significant experience with computer crimes cases, including:
Possession or distribution of child pornography via the Internet
Solicitation of a minor via Internet chat rooms
We Work With Computer Experts to Build Your Defense
The key to building a strong defense in computer crimes cases often lies in the computer itself — in the records of transactions and usage.
Sentences for possession or distribution of child pornography often depend on the number of images in question — so we make a thorough
examination of the records to make sure the number of images is accurate.
Intent and identity are also important questions in computer crimes cases. Our computer experts help us find out whether there was joint access
to the computer in question, and whether the record of usage supports an argument for unintentional possession of illegal material.
Early Legal Advice Can Make All the Difference
No matter what type of computer-related crime you are charged with, it is important to seek early legal advice as soon as possible. Your lawyer
will serve as your spokesperson with investigators, and we can begin working with the equipment in question to build your defense.
At J. Kevin Stockstill, Attorney at Law, our only goal is to protect our clients from a judgment of legal guilt. Our interest lies in protecting
our clients' constitutional rights — we provide nonjudgmental and aggressive defense for all our clients, no matter the crime.