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What constitutes Computer Crimes?

Computers, smart phones and other “smart” devices can be used in many types of alleged crimes, university conduct code violations, and university academic code violations.  Typical criminal  investigations and crimes associated with computers include possession of pornography (child pornography and adult pornography), cyber-stalking and piracy. Such criminal allegations will usually also give rise to university conduct code violations and investigations.  Many schools limit how you are able to use campus servers and computers, such as what you are allowed to download, access, or send.  Student users may not use university computers to create, send or save materials that threaten or harass another student, nor are they allowed to jeopardize or interfere with another student’s work and academic standing on the university computing system.  Academic violations involving computers often involve plagiarism and accessing a computer and/or the internet during an exam.

How are student Computer Crimes investigated? How will a defense attorney help with a Computer Crime case involving a college student?

Crimes committed through use of a computer are prosecuted both locally and federally. Experts in recovery of electronic information and the analysis of where the information came from, who sent it and who stored it are often needed. Our criminal defense lawyers specialize in working with college students accused of computer crimes and or computer-related conduct or academic code violations.  It can be difficult to gather evidence on computer crimes so it is important to contact a college student defense attorney to ensure the best investigation process when defending your case. Our law firm works closely with highly experienced forensic IT consultants, often former-law enforcement officers, to assist in investigations that will help defend your case. Also, because student codes of conduct regarding computer crimes are not very detailed, a student defense attorney can help you understand your rights as a student in your disciplinary hearing and ensure minimal disruption to your education.

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