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Computer Crimes

Columbia South Carolina Computer Crimes Attorney

Obtain representation when accused of internet and cyber crimes

As computer technology and the internet have developed over the last several decades, computer and internet crime has become more rampant and sophisticated. However, in some cases, people accused of these types of crimes are actually victims — for example, accidentally accessing inappropriate files could lead to charges when there was no harmful intent.

Who can you contact for help when charged with a computer crime in South Carolina?

South Carolina Computer Crimes LawyerJack B. Swerling is a computer crimes attorney in South Carolina who defends clients against allegations of Internet and computer crimes in both federal and state courts. Mr. Swerling’s 40-plus years of experience give him an edge in courtroom proceedings and enable you to expect the best possible outcome in your case.

He can assist preserving your clean reputation.

Types of computer crimes

There are a wide variety of computer crimes, each of which requires its own investigation and defense techniques. South Carolina federal criminal defense attorney Jack B. Swerling represents clients in case types such as:

  • Piracy. Piracy refers to illegal downloading or distributing of copyrighted materials online. While the most widely known cases in the news have involved music copyrights and downloading, piracy laws protect any type of media, including games, programs, movies, books and more.
  • Illegal hacking. Not all hacking is illegal — many companies hire professional hackers to test their security systems to discover potential security breaches. Illegal hacking refers to hacking done to steal personal information or intellectual property, invade secure networks and cause any sort of harm to property online or on computers.
  • Phishing. Phishing typically involves spreading malware such as viruses or spyware to attempt to gain personal financial information from web users. This could come in the form of pop-up messages, or in hidden bits of code attached to downloaded executable files.
  • Child pornography. Any pictures, video or media depicting nude minors or minors engaging in sexual conduct is considered child pornography.
  • Cyber bullying. This crime involves a person or group of people harassing another person or group of people over the internet, whether through instant messengers, social networks, internet forums or other channels.

Each type of computer crime has its own defense techniques. It is important to remember to use your common sense and best judgment whenever downloading or spreading files online. For more information and advice, speak to criminal defense attorney Jack B. Swerling.

Penalties for computer crimes in South Carolina

The penalty for a computer crime offense in South Carolina ranges from a third degree offense with a max fine of $200, or a max 30 jail sentence to a first degree offense with a max find of $50,000 and a max 5 year jail sentence, or both.  A penalty will increase for subsequent offenses.

Contact a cyber crimes lawyer in South Carolina for more information

To schedule your free initial consultation, call Jack B. Swerling Attorney at Law at 800-701-0599 or contact the firm online. Mr. Swerling serves clients from throughout South Carolina in a wide variety of criminal defense cases. Trust in his knowledge and experience and his dedication to his work to give you a second chance.

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Jack Swerling In The News >>

  • Jack Swerling, Derrick Mobley and Alissa Wilson were successful in having a Judge rule after an extensive hearing, that the defendant was immune from prosecution based on the “Stand Your Ground” law in a murder prosecution. The Judgment was handed down on March 29, 2021.
  • Jack Swerling, Gregory Harris and Alissa Wilson obtained a Not Guilty Verdict in Lexington County on March 3, 2022. An Orthopedic Surgeon was charged with Involuntary Manslaughter in the accidental shooting death of a friend.
  • “When Jack is on my docket, I tell my law clerks, ‘You do not want to miss this. You are seeing one of the greatest trial lawyers in the state’s history.'” -South Carolina Circuit Court Judge
  • Jack was selected to Super Lawyers Magazine Top Ten List for 2019. Each year Super Lawyers recognizes the top lawyers in South Carolina via a selection process involving peer evaluations, independent research and professional achievement. The South Carolina lawyers who receive the highest points during this selection process are further recognized in the South Carolina Super Lawyers Top Ten List.
  • USA v. FRANK*: In a child pornography case, Swerling was successful in obtaining a 22 level variance reducing the defendant’s sentence from 8 years to 6 months.
  • STATE v. BORIS: The defendant was found not guilty by reason of insanity in a case where the defendant was involved in a shoot-out with 3 police officers.
  • STATE v. TYGER: Jack Swerling obtains a not guilty verdict in a criminal sexual conduct case in Beaufort County.
  • Pre Trial Dispositions: STATE v. DWAYNE: Mr. Swerling successfully argued for the dismissal of stalking and unlawful use of telephone charges brought against a prominent businessman in Florence County.
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