Internet crimes are typically charged under federal law. As a result, it is important for accused individuals to recognize the importance of understanding how to navigate the criminal defense process in the federal system. In addition to being different than the state criminal justice system, potential penalties faced at the federal level can be harsher than those faced at the state level.
Serious computer crimes charges accused individuals may face include possession or distribution of child pornography using the Internet or solicitation of a minor using the Internet. A strong criminal defense strategy to any criminal charge is based on the unique circumstances of each situation. It may be possible in some circumstances to challenge the evidence being used against the accused individual by pointing out that the evidence simply does not exist or that it was collected in violation of the accused individual's rights.
There are a variety of important protections in place that require authorities to follow certain procedures to protect the rights of accused individuals throughout the criminal justice process. When these rights are violated, and required procedures are not followed, it may be the basis for a challenge to the evidence or the charges the accused individual is facing. Depending on the circumstances, it may possible to seek a reduction in the charges the accused individual is facing or an elimination of the charges.
The goal of a strong criminal defense strategy is the protection of the accused individual and their criminal defense rights. As a result, it is important for accused individuals to be familiar with these rights and how to enforce them.