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How Different Cyber Crimes Can Affect Your Immigration Status

(Immigration, Criminal Law)

In America today, internet users are only becoming more and more reliant on technology which also makes them more susceptible to various cyber crimes including general cyber crimes, cyberbullying, cyber/internet fraud, and blackmail. These charges against a non-citizen are much more harsh, it is crucial to understand the consequences of a conviction or simply an accusation.

  • Cyber Crimes

There are many kinds of cyber crimes considering the advanced level of technology that we use as a society today. A few of the main forms of cyber crimes include cyberbullying, cyber fraud, and blackmail. Some additional forms of cyber crimes include cyberstalking, computer hacking, phishing, identity theft, stolen data, and cyber terrorism. There are countless ways that illegal activity can take place through the internet, and great consequences that come with these actions as well. All of the following crimes may be deportable crimes depending on the conviction and how many times someone has been convicted of the crime. As some of the listed cyber crimes can turn into felonies, it is vital to contact a knowledgeable attorney. Attorney Ramona Kennedy will be able to help lessen the offense or beat any charges that you may be facing in order to protect your immigration status at all costs.

  • Cyberbullying

Under certain conditions, cyberbullying is considered a crime in the state of California. According to California Legislative Information there are two kinds of cyberbullying that can be committed by law. In California Penal Code Section 653.2, cyberbullying is the intent to cause another person to fear for their safety or the safety of a loved one. This involves harassment and exposing personal information via the internet. In California Penal Code Section 653, cyberbullying is making a threat to injure another person or their property, along with using foul language. This involves an electronic device being used to contact a person or multiple people. The consequences include a jail sentence of at most one year and/or a fine of approximately $1,000. Contact attorney Ramona Kennedy if you or a loved one is facing a cyberbullying case, we will fight to reinstate your name.

  • Cyber or Internet Fraud

Scam emails are one of the most common forms of cyber fraud that happen in our world today. Some of the detrimental effects of cyber fraud include stolen customer and personal information. This could also involve providing misleading information about one's identity or hiding personal information for personal gain through tricking various victims out of their money. This is why it is vital that cybersecurity practices are constantly advancing and improving, to ensure that the public and government are secure. According to California Legislative Information, in California Penal Code Section 530.5 PC, California internet fraud is defined as the “unauthorized use of personal identifying information of another person; attempt to obtain credit, goods, services, real property or medical information; commission of crime; punishment for first, subsequent or multiple offenses; sale of information; mail theft; liability of computer service or software providers.” (California Legislative Information). There are various kinds of internet fraud that exist, these include fraudulent schemes (internet or email scammers), “phishing” (use of internet or email or obtaining personal information such as social security number), and the use of computers without the permission of the owner. You may face up to 20 years in federal prison for internet fraud and may be fined depending on the type of internet fraud committed. Cyber fraud cases can be very complex, this is why it is essential that you contact attorney Ramona Kennedy if you have been charged with internet fraud.

  • Blackmail

Cyber extortion, also known as blackmail, is when hackers collect one's personal information, date, or any other form of sensitive information and is held hostage until the victim pays the blackmailer. According to California Legislative Information, in California Penal Code Section 518 PC, blackmail is defined as a criminal offense which involves the use of threats or any kind of force in order to obtain money or property. (California Legislative Information). In cases of blackmail, oftentimes the victim feels obligated to comply with the demands of the hacker because they do not want to jeopardize their personal information. Cyber extortion can also be considered a felony, which results in longer prison sentences and higher fines. A conviction itself can result in a one year prison sentence and/or a fine of $100,000. An experienced attorney will be able to help strengthen your care, remove any private and damaging information that has been posted online, and even help reveal an anonymous blackmailer. It is imperative that you consult with attorney Ramona Kennedy if you have been charged with blackmail, we are able to end blackmailing and threats that you may be facing.

If you or a loved one has been charged with any of the listed cyber crimes, contact experienced attorney Ramona Kennedy via phone or WhatsApp +1 (949)-677-0063 or [email protected] for representation on white collar crimes. The initial case evaluation if free of charge. We will examine your specific charges to analyze if your immigration status is in jeopardy and help you beat any charges. We are ready to help guide you through your specific case and fight for you.

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