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What should I know about white collar crime related to email?

The exponential increase in computer use in Arkansas, across the nation and around the world has resulted in people being accused of white collar crime related to it. One issue is when there are attempts to steal money and property via email. This can result in serious charges with hefty penalties should there be a conviction. For those who are alleged to have taken part in email-related crimes, knowing the details of the crime itself, the law, and what sparked an arrest is an integral part of lodging a defense.

When there is an email crime, the person will be alleged to have concocted or executed a scheme in attempting to illegally acquire property or defraud another if he or she: transmitted or caused to be transmitted the email to one or more recipients who were not aware of getting the email or consented to it. It must have forged data, information, images and more that is: located in the header, the subject line, or has routing instructions; or has a description or identification of the sender, its source, where it originated, or the path the transmission took.

It is also an email crime if the above transmission rules are in place and it is created or formatted with the domain name of a website that is used without the consent of the person to whom it belongs. It is important to remember that it is not a legal violation for an internet service provider to commit any of these acts if it is a part of them providing the requested services. A charge related to email crimes will be a Class D felony. A conviction for a Class D felony can result in six years in jail and a fine of up to $10,000.

Computers are still relatively new to the landscape and people are frequently unaware of the laws that regulate them. Email is no different. People could get caught up in a situation they did not realize was a legal violation or they could have made a mistake. A law firm that is skilled in helping people who have been arrested and charged with white collar crime related to email or any other computer issue can assist with a defense.

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