When people get on the internet, they have a tendency to do things that they otherwise wouldn’t. They engage in theft, they say things that they wouldn’t typically say, and they commit acts which they would not normally commit.
What these people don’t realize is that they sometimes skirt the edge of legality. They sometimes break laws, committing cyber-crimes.
With that being said, here are 5 cyber-crimes you should know about.
Sexting is the act of digitally distributing photos of yourself posed in a sexual manner. While this act is not always considered illegal, it can be considered illegal if distribution is made to restricted individuals.
For the most part, restricted individuals include those who are considered minors. Sending or showing a minor a picture of a person engaged in a sexual activity is against the law, and can land you in some serious hot water.
Breaking this law can not only land you on the sex offender registry, it can also put you in prison for up to 25 years.
Cyberbullying is the word used to describe online harassment. Though this act is not always easy to prosecute, it can be against the law. This is especially true if it results in a suicide, assault, or homicide.
Most cyberbullying occurs over social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter, and can be carried out on people of all ages.
There are no cut-and-dry penalties for this crime. A litany of sanctions can be levied against those who commit acts of cyberbullying.
3. Identity Theft
Another cybercrime is online identity theft. This crime involves accessing someone’s private info online, and then using it to steal money or make unwarranted purchases.
Hackers use viruses known as malware to record the online actions of different internet users. They then piece together this information as a means of stealing and manipulating the user’s identity. Credit card numbers, social security numbers, and passwords are all figures which are targeted during identity theft.
Depending on the level of identity theft, this crime can carry serious consequences. At the very least, fines will need to be paid. At the very most, the perpetrator will be forced to spend decades in prison.
4. Viral Attacks
While it’s not illegal to create a virus or malware, it is illegal to spread that virus to other computers.
Viral attacks occur at all different levels, with some viruses hitting just small networks, and others hitting vitally important networks. Typically, the more negative the impact of the virus, the harsher the penalty for its distributor.
In essence, if a virus causes financial or medical ruin, its distributor is likely to face years in prison.
You’re likely well aware of the fact that online piracy – like all forms of piracy – is illegal in the United States. Online piracy involves using the internet in order to steal or trade copyrighted property.
Most typically committed with the sharing of movies and music, this is one of the most oft-broken cybercrimes.
Those who are found guilty of online piracy can face up to 5 years in prison, with fines of up to $25,000.
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It’s a serious matter everywhere, and here is no exception. Possession of child pornography is a very extreme charge in the state of Wisconsin. If you’re found guilty of this crime, you could be looking at harsh punishments which include fines, jail time, and registry on the sex offenders list.
In essence, this is a crime that you want to avoid.
But what exactly is considered to be possession of child pornography in Wisconsin? Let’s get into it.
What is Considered to Be Child Pornography in Wisconsin?
Child pornography essentially includes of any piece of media which contains sexually explicit images of children under the age of 18. Sexually explicit, in this case, involves everything from beastiality, to sexual intercourse, to exposed intimate body parts, to masturbation, to sexual masochism, sadism, and bondage.
In essence, any image which contains a minor individual, and which is designed to give sexual gratification to its viewer is considered child pornography. It doesn’t matter whether the child in the media is 7 or 17.
VideoWhile many think of child pornography as something being produced in a dark basement with children who are being forced into it against their will, there is much more to it than that.
With the existence of Snapchat and text, sexting has become a very popular practice. This practice has caused a handful of minors to produce sexually explicit videos of themselves performing and engaging in sexual acts. To put it simply, this material is child pornography.
Anyone who is in possession of this material, whether it be in hard copy, on a phone, or on a computer, is technically guilty of child pornography possession.
If you were sent sexually explicit videos of a minor without your permission, it is your responsibility to notify the authorities. Failure to do so will lump you in with other guilty parties.
Perhaps the more common form of child pornography is the photograph. Sexting and internet forums have created an atmosphere where the production of these images is commonplace.
If you’re caught with an image of a child engaged in sexually explicit activity, you will be charged with possession of child pornography.
Again, if you come across images such as these, your best bet is to report them. Having them saved on your phone or computer will incriminate you regardless of whether you look at the photos or not.
Penalties for Possession of Child Pornography in Wisconsin
Regardless of what your age is, possession of child pornography is a crime in the state of Wisconsin. It doesn’t matter whether you’re 15 or 45.
However, there is some differentiation in punishment based on your age.
Adults who are found guilty of child pornography possession will receive a class D felony. This is punishable by up to 25 years in prison, and by fines of up to $100,000. In addition, the guilty party will be forced to appear on the sex offender registry.
Minors who are guilty of possession of child pornography will receive a class I felony. This is punishable by up to 3 years and 6 months in prison, and by fines of up to $10,000. Minors may also appear on the sex offender registry.
Charged With Possession of Child Pornography in Wisconsin?
Not everyone who’s charged with possession of child pornography is actually guilty of possession. It is possible for lewd images and videos to make their way into your legal possession without your knowledge.
Nonetheless, child pornography charges are serious charges and are not something which are always easy to beat. If you want to stand the absolute best chance in court, you’re going to need a top-notch legal defense.
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With the invention of texting came the invention of sexting; the activity in which two individuals text sexually explicit photos or messages to each other in order to gain sexual gratification.
This activity, when carried out between consenting adults, is completely within the bounds of legal communication. But when carried out between an adult and a minor, or between two minors, these bounds are overstepped.
To put it simply, in Wisconsin (and everywhere else, for that matter), sexting with a minor is illegal. Here is what you need to know about sexting minors in Wisconsin.
Minor Sexting Offenses in WisconsinViewing a Sexually Explicit Image of a Minor
The first type of sexting offense is viewing a sexually explicit image of a minor. If you have knowingly looked at an image or video of a child engaged in sexual activity, you are technically guilty of a crime.
This is so regardless of what your age is. It doesn’t matter whether you’re 62 or 14. An image of a child engaged in a sexual act is considered child pornography. Viewing it carries the same penalties that a possession of child pornography charge would carry.
If you are sent an image or video against your will, it is your responsibility to report it to the authorities.
Causing a Minor to View a Sexually Explicit Image
Another illegal act in the state of Wisconsin is to show a sexually explicit image to a minor. It doesn’t matter how old the person or people in the photo are. Forcibly showing such an image to a minor is a crime.
This means that it is illegal for an adult to send to a child a photo or video of him or herself engaging in a sexual activity. Even accidentally sending such an image can result in a charge.
So, if you’re going to sext, be very careful about who you’re sending your message to.
Distributing an Image of a Minor Engaging in Sexually Explicit Activity
If you happen to have come across an image or video of a minor engaged in sexual activity, it is your responsibility to notify authorities. What you definitely don’t want to do is the exact opposite. Which is to say, you don’t want to spread that photo or video around to other people.
Distributing an image or video of a minor participating in sexual activity is a very serious crime; much more serious than just possessing said picture.
Again, it doesn’t matter how old you are. Committing this crime can land you in some very serious legal trouble.
Penalties for Sexting Minors in Wisconsin
Sexting with a minor is an offense which falls under child pornography statutes. For this reason, sexting with a minor is penalized in the same way that possessing child pornography is.
Adults who are guilty of any of the above crimes will receive a class D felony. A class D is punishable by up to 25 years in prison, and by up to $100,000 fines.
Minors who are guilty of any of the above crimes will receive a class I felony. A class I is punishable by up to 3 years and 6 months in prison, and by fines of up to $10,00.
Also, both adults and minors may be forced onto the sex offender registry. In essence, these crimes carry with them some very heavy punishments.
Charged with Sexting Minors in Wisconsin?
If you’ve been charged with any of the crimes reviewed above, you’ve got a very serious legal battle ahead of you. Sexting charges such as these can not only result in fines and jail time, but can put you on the sex offender registry as well.
In order to give yourself the best possible chance in court, you’re going to need an experienced legal defense. Live in the Milwaukee area? If so, we here at Hartley Pecora Law Offices are that legal defense.
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