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Unlawful computerized communications and white collar crime

People in Arkansas and across the nation often say things online they would otherwise not say in person. They might be under the impression that it is harmless and that no criminal charges are possible if they have neither the intent nor the means to carry out what they have said. However, if the target of that statement is negatively impacted by those online statements, then it can lead to white collar crime charges for violating unlawful computerized communications.

While this might not sound serious, the charges are legitimate and can result in real penalties. Therefore, it is important to understand the critical nature of having a strong legal defense experienced in helping those accused of these violations. If a person is accused of unlawful computerized communications, it means that those communications, made via computer, are alleged to have been intimidating, threatening, abusing, or harassing.

To violate this law, the message must be: sent to another party via email or another system of communication with threats of physical injury or property damage; there must be an email or system of communication which provides a reasonable belief that the other person will get the message; the other person is sent a message that has obscenities, lewd language or profanities; or an email or other communication system is sent amid the reasonable expectation that the other person will get the message and it has obscenities, lewd language or profanities. This offense is considered a Class A misdemeanor.

Given the way in which people communicate via computer on a regular basis, it is not uncommon for things to be written that are construed as threats or abuse. Many will not believe that this can result in criminal charges, but it can. When charged with violating the law as it relates to computerized communications, a person accused should understand that it is just as important to defend against white collar crime as it is with any other crime. A law firm that knows these cases and how to defend them may therefore prove beneficial.

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