With an increase in high-profile computer crimes, prosecutors, police and politicians in California and nationwide are beginning to take computer crimes much more seriously. Currently, federal prosecutors rely heavily on the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act to target most computer and Internet crimes. Enacted in the 1980's, the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act is used to go after a wide range of computer crimes. Nevertheless, according to some the Act is in long need of some changes.
The American public has often been under the false belief that individuals convicted of white collar crimes, like fraud or embezzlement, are treated lightly by the American judicial system. While it may be true that some defendants accused of white collar crimes ultimately secure better sentences that those arrested for drug crimes or weapons crimes, the reason is many individuals accused of white collar crimes hire good counsel. Regardless of the case, a good attorney will always make a difference.
Computer crimes encompass a large number of criminal activities from Internet fraud and fishing schemes to computer sex crimes involving child pornography. While prosecutors take all types of computer and Internet crimes seriously, individuals accused of possessing child pornography often face unique challenges. Californians currently facing child pornography charges may find the following interesting.
In California, drug crimes come with harsh penalties. With a growing prison population and shrinking state budgets, however, some legislators are beginning to rethink the laws. In fact, one California state senator is proposing a law that will allow a prosecutor the discretion to charge certain drug crimes, such as possession, as a misdemeanor. This, however, will not affect certain other crimes like drug trafficking.