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In today's technologically advanced world, cybercrime, particularly computer fraud, has become a prevalent form of criminal activity. If you find yourself wrongly accused of committing computer fraud, you need the expertise of a skilled legal professional to navigate this complex case. For the best legal representation in the New York City area, trust the expert criminal defense team at Dalbir Singh & Associates, P.C.

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Computer fraud, governed by the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA), involves accessing a protected computer without proper authorization or exceeding authorized access. It includes various activities like using a computer for illegal schemes, committing trespassing, fraud, or espionage, and modifying, damaging, or disabling protected computers.


Computer fraud consists of four essential elements:

  • Unauthorized Access: The individual gains access to a protected computer they are not allowed to use.

  • Exceeding Authorization: Accessing the protected computer beyond the granted permissions.

  • Intent to Commit Fraud: Accessing the computer with the intent to engage in fraudulent activities, such as stealing valuable assets or bank account information.

  • Acquisition of Valuable Information: Obtaining valuable information from the protected computer, typically for later use in fraud or identity theft.


Computer fraud can be categorized into three main types:

  • Theft of Information: Stealing valuable information from secure computer systems, often for fraud or holding it hostage for ransom.

  • Theft of Service: Using websites, email accounts, or chat rooms to defraud individuals or companies, such as offering nonexistent items for sale or siphoning funds from online bank accounts.

  • Hacking: Unauthorized entry into computer hardware or secure systems, including intercepting sensitive financial information or engaging in cyberstalking and distributing child pornography.


Computer and internet fraud encompass various deceptive activities, including phishing, advance-fee schemes, unauthorized alteration of information, distribution of computer viruses, and data mining through malicious software.


Perpetrators of computer and internet fraud can face felony charges with penalties, including fines up to $250,000 and prison sentences of up to 20 years. Additionally, they may face charges related to white-collar crimes such as identity theft, wire fraud, or mail fraud.

If you are facing cybercrime accusations, don't hesitate to contact Dalbir Singh & Associates, P.C. We have over 15 years of legal expertise in defending individuals and businesses in complex cases involving cybercrime. Call us now at 212.428.2000 to schedule a consultation and let our experienced team protect your rights and future.


Cybercrime in New York refers to criminal activities committed using digital technology or the internet. It can include offenses such as hacking, identity theft, cyber fraud, unauthorized access to computer systems, or distribution of illegal content.

The consequences of a cybercrime conviction in New York can be severe. They may include imprisonment, fines, probation, restitution to victims, loss of certain privileges, damage to personal and professional reputation, and limitations on future employment prospects.

If you are being investigated for a cybercrime offense, it is crucial to seek legal representation immediately. Contacting an experienced attorney specializing in cybercrime defense can help protect your rights, guide you through the investigation process, and provide you with the necessary legal advice.

Yes, in New York, unauthorized access to computer systems, even without causing harm, can still be a criminal offense. State laws often criminalize unauthorized access, regardless of the intent or outcome.

Various defenses can be used in New York cybercrime cases, depending on the specific circumstances. Common defenses may include lack of intent, mistaken identity, insufficient evidence, proving lawful authorization, or demonstrating that the act was done without criminal purpose.

Yes, cybercrime cases in New York can be resolved without going to trial. Through skilled negotiation and strategic defense, an experienced attorney may be able to secure a favorable plea agreement or seek alternative resolutions, such as diversion programs or community service.

If you believe you have been wrongly accused of a cybercrime offense, it is crucial to gather all relevant evidence to support your defense. Contact a knowledgeable attorney specializing in cybercrime defense immediately to evaluate your case, protect your rights, and develop a strong defense strategy.

Yes, New York has specific cybercrime laws that differ from federal laws. These laws address offenses such as computer trespass, unauthorized use of a computer, computer tampering, and identity theft. It is important to understand both state and federal laws that may be applicable to your case.

Yes, depending on the nature and scope of the cybercrime offense, it is possible for a state-level cybercrime case in New York to lead to federal charges. This can occur if the offense involves interstate or international elements or if federal laws are violated.

A law firm specializing in cybercrime defense can provide comprehensive legal representation and defense strategies tailored to your specific case. They can investigate the evidence, challenge the prosecution's case, negotiate with the prosecution, and work towards securing the best possible outcome, whether through trial or alternative resolutions.

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