Texas Computer Hacking Crimes

With increased reliance on e-commerce and computer systems for data storage and important business operations, many individuals and companies place a great deal of faith in their computer security. Thus, Texas prosecutors take computer crimes very seriously, and someone who goes around a computer system’s security to obtain or distort information may face strict, harsh penalties if convicted of hacking crimes. However, as with any other criminal defendant, hackers have the right to mount a legal defense against their prosecutors.

At the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter, we believe in providing those accused of hacking crimes in Dallas with powerful legal resources to defend their good name. Our experienced, determined lawyers are dedicated to protecting the rights of the accused, and we are here to help you.

Penalties for Hacking

Hacking is defined by Texas’s penal code as knowingly accessing a computer or larger network without the owner’s consent. Normally, it is considered a Class B misdemeanor, unless the defendant has previous convictions or the victim is a government or important infrastructure entity, in which case it becomes a state jail felony. If a defendant hacks a computer or system with the intent to alter, damage, or delete information, he or she may face the following penalties:

  • State jail felony if the value of the damage is less than $20,000
  • Felony in the third degree if the value of the damage is between $20,000 and $100,000
  • Felony in the second degree if the value of the damage is between $100,000 and $200,000, or if the value is below $200,000 and the computer was owned by a government or important infrastructure entity
  • Felony in the first degree if the value of the damage is $200,000 or more, or if the information obtained was gathered through multiple computers or networks

For these more serious crimes, a person can face mandatory jail sentencing and heavy financial penalties. However, a good legal defense strategy may be able to get these penalties reduced or dismissed altogether.

Contact a Criminal Lawyer in Dallas

If you’ve been charged with theft, including computer hacking crimes or identity theft, you could be facing jail time and heavy financial penalties if convicted. We may be able to help you fight for your freedom or a reduced sentence. To learn more about your defense options in Dallas, contact an attorney from the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter today at (214) 845-7007.


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