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Computer Sex Crime Charges: What You Need to Know

Computer Sex Crime Charges What You Need to Know - Carlos Gamino

By Carlos Gamino

The state of Wisconsin has several computer-related sex crimes that are punishable by time in prison – but what are they, and what happens if you’re charged with one? For most people, the best course of action is to talk to a Milwaukee sex crime defense attorney who understands the laws and what happens in these types of cases. First, though, you need to know what constitutes a computer sex crime in Wisconsin.

Computer Sex Crimes in Wisconsin

When people talk about computer sex crimes, they’re often referring to online solicitation of a minor. Online solicitation involves a conversation between an adult and a minor (over email, chat or instant messages) where the adult attempts to solicit sex from the minor, or where the adult asks the minor to meet with him or her to engage in a sexual act.

Other computer sex crimes in Wisconsin can include:

  • Exposing a child to harmful material or harmful descriptions or narrations
  • Obscene visual representations of the sexual abuse of children
  • Possession of child pornography
  • Sending obscene or sexually explicit electronic messages (between adults and minors, or between adults)
  • Sex trafficking
  • Sexual exploitation or other abuse of children
  • Transfer of obscene materials to minors
  • Use of a computer to facilitate a child sex crime

Most of these are felony offenses, which means the penalties of a conviction includes time in prison, extended supervision, and large fines.

What if You’re Accused of a Computer Sex Crime?

If you’re accused of a computer sex crime of any time – whether it involves another adult or a minor – you may need tough legal representation from a knowledgeable professional.

Call us immediately at 414-383-6700 for a free computer sex crime defense consultation. The sooner you call us, the sooner we will be able to begin building the defense that gets you the best possible outcome.

Carlos Gamino

By |2021-07-23T19:08:18-05:00November 24th, 2019|Criminal Law|Comments Off on Computer Sex Crime Charges: What You Need to Know

When is Burglary a Felony?

By Carlos Gamino

Is Burglary a Felony - Carlos Gamino

In Wisconsin, burglary is a Class F felony. If the court convicts you, you’ll spend up to 7 years and 6 months in prison – and you could be sentenced to up to 5 additional years of extended supervision after you get out of prison. The judge could also fine you up to $25,000. If you were armed at the time you committed the burglary, you could spend 10 years in prison and pay fines of up to $50,000.

But what is burglary, and how is it a felony when other, similar crimes are misdemeanors?

Here’s what you need to know.

Why is Burglary a Felony in Wisconsin?

It’s a crime to go on someone else’s property without permission. When you commit burglary, you can be convicted of a felony, whereas when you trespass, it’s typically a misdemeanor. The big difference is that burglary involves entering a building so you can commit a crime inside; trespassing is just going on someone’s property without permission.

For example, if you jump over your neighbor’s fence just to see if you can do it – even if a group of your friends jumps over with you – and you aren’t there to break into her house or damage her property, you’re most likely only guilty of trespassing. However, if you break into her house because you intend to spray paint on her walls and steal her television set, you’re most likely guilty of burglary.

In Wisconsin, the court can find you guilty of felony burglary if you enter a building, an enclosed railroad car or ship, a locked and enclosed cargo portion of a truck or trailer, a motor home or a trailer without permission with the intent to commit a theft or felony.

What About Aggravated Burglaries?

The court can punish you more severely if you:

  • Are armed or become armed during the burglary
  • Try to open a safe or vault with explosives
  • Commit battery against an occupant

The court can also punish you more severely if you commit burglary at a dwelling, motor home or trailer, or a boat with sleeping quarters when another person (other than someone who’s committing the crime with you) is present while you commit the crime.

Do You Need to Talk to a Lawyer About Felony Burglary Charges?

If you need to talk to an attorney about whether burglary is a felony or what types of consequences you’re facing for a burglary charge, we may be able to help you. Call us right now at 414-383-6700 or get in touch with us online to schedule your free consultation.

Attorney Carlos Gamino

By |2021-08-07T15:20:12-05:00October 5th, 2019|Criminal Law|Comments Off on When is Burglary a Felony?

Is Hacking Illegal in Wisconsin?

By Carlos Gamino

Is Hacking Illegal in Wisconsin - Attorney Carlos Gamino

If you’ve ever hacked into someone else’s computer programming to change, take or destroy data without that person or company’s permission, you’ve most likely committed a crime under Wisconsin law. For most people accused of hacking, it makes sense to talk to a Milwaukee computer crime lawyer as soon as possible.

When is Hacking Illegal in Wisconsin?

The bottom line is that the court can find you guilty of a misdemeanor if you:

  • Modify data, programs or supporting documentation
  • Destroy data, programs or supporting documentation
  • Access programs or supporting documentation
  • Take possession of data, programs or supporting documentation
  • Copy data, programs or supporting documentation
  • Share restricted access codes or other restricted access information to people who aren’t supposed to have them

That’s just for getting into someone else’s information. You can be punished more severely if you hack into someone’s information if you intend to defraud someone or obtain property, or if:

  • The offense results in damage valued at more than $2,500
  • The offense causes an interruption or impairment of government operations, public communication, transportation, or a supply of water, gas or other public service
  • The offense creates a substantial and unreasonable risk of death or great bodily harm to another person

Penalties for Computer Hacking

The penalties for hacking are severe. If the court convicts you of a Class A misdemeanor, you could spend up to 9 months in jail and pay fines of up to $10,000. If it’s a Class I felony, the judge can send you to prison for 3 years and 6 months. Some computer hacking crimes are Class G felonies, which carry a penalty of up to 5 years in prison and fines of up to $25,000.

Do You Need to Talk to a Lawyer About Illegal Hacking?

When you’re accused of hacking, you could be facing serious penalties – including prison time. But we may be able to help you.

Call us right now at 414-383-6700 or get in touch with us online to schedule your free consultation as soon as you can.

Carlos Gamino

By |2021-07-31T17:23:55-05:00October 5th, 2019|Criminal Law|Comments Off on Is Hacking Illegal in Wisconsin?

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