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Internet Crimes

Philadelphia Internet Crime Attorney

Tough, resourceful criminal defense on your side when you are accused of internet crimes

The technology which allows online shopping, depositing checks into a bank account, using a smartphone or sharing photos with family members anywhere in the world has given birth to criminal activities that were not possible before the development of the internet. As law enforcement agencies and prosecutors focus increased attention and resources on cybercrimes, the Philadelphia internet crime attorneys at van der Veen, Hartshorn and Levin are well-respected, passionate advocates for the rights of the accused. Internet crimes can be as complex as the technology behind them. Our attorneys have the hands-on experience that comes from representing people accused of internet crimes. We know the importance of waging an aggressive defense against such charges.

Internet crimes under Pennsylvania law

Internet crimes cover a wide-range of activities, but one commonality is the severity of the penalties and the potentially life-altering consequences resulting from a conviction. Common cybercrimes include:

  • Identity Theft: Recent disclosures of government agencies and retail businesses being the targets of computer hackers have led to an increase in prosecutions for identity theft. Pennsylvania classifies identity theft as a misdemeanor of the first degree if the victim’s loss is less than $2,000. If it is more than $2,000, the crime becomes a felony.
  • Bank Fraud and Forgery: The increased popularity of online banking has resulted in criminal prosecutions against people accused of using log on information to access another person’s account. Bank fraud might also be a violation of federal laws.
  • Child Pornography: Sexual abuse of children is a serious criminal charge under Pennsylvania laws involving the use of the Internet to view, distribute or sell images or videos depicting children under the age of 18 engaging in sexual acts. These crimes are felonies under state law and may also be prosecuted as violations of federal law.
  • Sex Crimes: Internet sex crimes may involve anything from sharing nude or sexually explicit pictures with your underage boyfriend or girlfriend to soliciting a minor. A conviction can result in a prison sentence, but even if you avoid going to prison, the requirement to register as a sex offender may restrict where you can live or the types of jobs that you can hold. The registration requirements are often called Meghan’s Law.
  • Harassment/Stalking: It is not uncommon for activity on the internet to be through Wi-Fi. If Wi-Fi is hacked or hijacked, your crimes may be committed by others but look like you.

Innovative criminal defense strategies against internet crime charges

Internet crimes may involve highly complex and technical issues. Sometimes, the charges against you can be the result of a lapse in judgment over a misunderstanding. Sting operations conducted by law enforcement, particularly in child pornography or the solicitation of sex from a minor, may cross the line between good police work and entrapment. When your freedom is at stake, you deserve a resourceful Philadelphia criminal defense attorney who is up to the challenge of creating an aggressive defense strategy to attack the government’s case. We are committed to securing a favorable outcome for you.

Putting premier Philadelphia internet crime attorneys to work as your staunch advocates begins by scheduling a consultation today

The team of Philadelphia internet crimes defense attorneys at van der Veen, Hartshorn and Levin have the skill, legal acumen and dedication to excellence you need when facing serious cybercrime charges. Contact us today for a free initial consultation by contacting us online, or call us at (215) 486-0123.

Notable Case Results

Always Pursing the Best Possible Outcome
  • Rape Case Not Guilty
  • Second Impeachment Trial of President Donald Trump Acquittal
  • DUI Not Guilty
  • Child Pornography Not Guilty
  • Governor’s pardon Pardon Granted
  • Governor’s pardon Pardon Granted
  • Arson Charges Dropped
  • Aggravated Assault Not Guilty
  • Drug Trafficking Not Guilty
  • Embezzlement Charges Dropped
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Throughout the years, our firm and our individual attorneys have been recognized in both local and national media for our extensive legal knowledge, experience, and record of success. Our attorneys frequently appear in the media to provide insight and information on various legal matters, including high-profile cases.

Choosing the Right Firm Can Make All the Difference

  • Unrivaled Record of Success
    We have won tens of millions of dollars for injured victims, and have achieved countless "not guilty" verdicts for clients faced with criminal charges.
  • No Challenge too Big
    Our firm has handled some of the biggest cases in country, including representing the President of the United States.
  • Personalized Representation

    We understand that every case is unique. Therefore, we tailor our approach based on the facts of the case and the needs of our client. 

  • Uncompromising Passion
    Our competitive nature is one of our strongest qualities. You can be confident that no other firm will outwork our team.
  • Holistic Approach
    Not only do we want to excel legally for the client, but we also want to make sure we are strengthening their mind, body and spirt.
  • Supporting the Community
    Our team engages in many community events and regularly donates time and resources to many charitable organizations in Philadelphia.
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