Could Cyber Crime in Florida (and Beyond) Soon Be FBI's #1 Priority?

May 25, 2012 by David S. Seltzer

The Federal Bureau of Investigation has set its sites on stopping cyber crime in Florida and beyond. In March, FBI Director Robert Mueller announced that cyber crime is now the Bureau's third most important priority, just behind counterintelligence and counterterrorism.

David West, a supervisor for the FBI based in Georgia, summarized the rationale for the intensified focus: "[the cybercrime industry] did not exist in the way it does today 20 years ago and, with respect to businesses, the direct impact of cybercrime is in the billions of dollars."

Increasingly Diverse Battlegrounds

The types of cyber crimes, as well as the motivations behind these acts, are diversifying at a rapid and alarming rate. As we have moved into the "Web 2.0" era, we've witnessed something of an arms race between criminals and law enforcement.

Back in the "Wild West" days of the internet, cybercriminals often worked as jacks-of-all-trades. Today, however, there is simply too much technology -- too many options -- to master. Thus, both perpetrators and those who work to neutralize cybercrime have developed more specific, niche-like strategies. What this means is that fewer and fewer people -- even at the expert level -- deeply understand what's happening on a granular level.

What to Do If You've Been Arrested for Cyber Crime in Florida

Whether you hacked into a south Florida bank's security system; or you and several international partners got arrested for a complex phishing scam, you're probably feeling pretty scared. You could, indeed, face jail time, massive fees, probation, forced remuneration to victims, and more. If convicted of a felony cyber crime, you could serve over a year in jail and lose important rights, such as the right to vote in elections.

Constructing a Powerful Legal Defense

There are no "cookie-cutter defenses" to cyber crime charges. To build your strategy, your Florida criminal lawyer will need to consider a variety of factors, such as:

• The jurisdiction in which you're charged;
• The nature and scope of the damage done;
• All the laws and case histories that might be applicable;
• Whether you have a past history of crime;
• Whether you committed additional crimes during the commission of the cyber crime.

If you've been arrested, do not delay getting appropriate legal help immediately. Seltzer Law, P.A., is a well-known and respected cyber crime defense law firm. Call us toll-free at 1-888-THE-DEFENSE (888-843-3333), or connect with us online for a free and confidential consultation.