The Federal Bureau of Investigation, government prosecutors and federal authorities have taken a hard line when it comes to investigating and prosecuting Internet crimes.
As technology evolves, the number of Internet crimes continues to increase, as does the number of defendants wrongfully charged in connection with Internet crimes. In an increasing number of cases, faulty evidence and electronically manipulated data are being used to charge innocent parties with cybercrimes.
The cost of Internet fraud doubled to a total of $560 million in 2009. And the number of reported Internet crimes has skyrocketed, from 16,838 in 2000 to 336,655 in 2009, according to the Internet Crimes Complaint Center. Internet crime law firms such as Barzee Flores defend clients facing charges in a wide variety of Internet crimes, including:
- Child pornography
- Online solicitation
- Online escort services/prostitution
- Internet fraud
- Internet gambling
- Internet pharmacies/drug sales
- E-commerce fraud
- Computer hacking
- Spamming charges
- Theft of intellectual property
Florida ranked sixth in the nation with more than 57 Internet crimes reported per 100,000 people. More Internet criminals were located in Florida than anywhere in the country expect California; almost 30 percent of Internet criminals identified in 2009 resided in Florida.
In particular, Internet child pornography is being vigorously prosecuted and carries the threat of lengthy prison sentences – often up to 5 years for each image. Child pornography is a multi-billion business that crosses national and international borders. An estimated 1 in every 5 pornographic images online is categorized as child pornography, according to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. The U.S. Department of Justice estimates there are more than 1 million images of child-pornography on the Internet with more than 200 images being added daily.
A child pornography charge can destroy your reputation, livelihood, and relationships with friends and family. At Barzee Flores, we believe everyone is innocent until proven guilty and will provide aggressive defense of the charges, both in the courtroom and in the court of public opinion.
The U.S. Department of Justice estimates there are more than 1 million images of child-pornography on the Internet with more than 200 images being added daily.
The Miami Internet crimes defense lawyers at Barzee Flores fight for the rights of clients who have been charged with committing Internet crimes in the Miami area.
Internet Crimes Defense in Miami
- 19.9% Non-delivery/non-payment of merchandise
- 16.6% E-mail scams using the name of the FBI to gain financial information
- 14.1% Identity theft
- 10.4% Credit card fraud
- 10.3% Auction fraud
- 7.9% Computer fraud/damage/destruction