There are a number of computer-related offenses that a child can find themselves charged with. There is no way to avoid allowing children to have online access in today’s world. However, it opens up a myriad of potential issues that can result from crimes committed online and with smartphones.
Children and young adults can find themselves facing very serious consequences as a result of just a few keystrokes. The computer charges that can result from online crimes can have devastating results on a child’s future. That is why it is critical for parents and/or guardians to get started protecting the child’s interests as soon as an investigation begins. For more information, see our blog article on what to do if your child is accused of a crime.
Types of Online Computer Charges for Children
While there are a wide variety of charges children can face based on their online activity, many of them fall under these three categories:
- Identify Theft –
There are a lot of things someone can do that end up being classified as identify theft by law enforcement. Even something as simple as using someone else’s log-in can technically be considered as identify theft. Crimes involving credit card theft can be charged as identify theft as well.
- Hacking –
Hacking is another umbrella term that can be applied to a wide variety of situations. Most of the time it involves illegally accessing another computer or cloud account. While there are an endless variety of technologies and scripts that people typically associate with the word “hacking” it can also be applied to a situation as simple as using someone else’s log-in credential.
- Distribution of Obscene Materials –
The distribution of obscene material to minors is a federal crime. It is also a state crime in Georgia so a simple text message or Snapchat image can result in both state and federal charges. The laws pertaining to obscene materials can seem archaic and brutally harsh when applied to children under 18 using phones. See our blog on The Dangers of Sexting for Children.
Experienced Juvenile Defense Attorney in Georgia
Having an attorney that specializes in Juvenile Defense can be the difference maker in achieving a favorable outcome. The sooner you get an experienced juvenile attorney working for you, the more effective they can be in assisting you. Do not make the mistake of waiting – if you are being investigated, have been asked for an interview or have been charged with a juvenile crime, contact our office immediately for a free consultation.