Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Raleigh Lawyer Damon Chetson Warns: Protect Yourself Against Internet Criminal Charges

With the rise of the Internet has come internet-based crimes, from child pornography to internet fraud to copyright crimes. The Chetson Firm, a Raleigh criminal law firm, warns that this presents unique challenges to police, and to lawyers. A Raleigh lawyer who is not familiar with the technologies that support the internet - from peer-to-peer networking and file sharing, to encryption schemes that protect data - may not be able to adequately defend you against charges of Internet fraud, distribution of pornography, or other kinds of internet-based crimes.

Raleigh, NC (PRWEB) July 8, 2010 -- There are many different types of Internet crimes, including child pornography, wire fraud, copyright crimes, trademark crimes, bank fraud, and other kinds of theft or embezzlement. People accused of using a computer or the internet to commit a crime, are most in need of a Raleigh criminal lawyer, like The Chetson Firm, who is very familiar with the technologies associated with the internet and cyberspace, including TCP/IP, peer-to-peer technologies, and the details of storage formats.

Defendants accused of a crime in Raleigh involving the internet, or computer technologies, including the ones listed above – child pornography, wire fraud, copyright crimes, and other kinds of bank fraud or embezzlement – should consult with a Raleigh lawyer who understands and has worked with these technologies, and who can build the strongest possible defense to these cases.

Unfortunately, many criminal defense lawyers simply do not understand the details of technology, including how data is transmitted, how it is stored, how it is archived, and where it might be.

What’s more, many criminal lawyers do not understand how the details of how data is stored, archived, searched, and maintained on the Internet. They don’t understand how to advise clients who come to them with cases that involve the use of computers.

And since so many cases these days deal with computers – whether they are financial crimes cases, cases involving the information that may be on Facebook or Twitter, or cases that may involve chat networks such protocols as IRC, ICQ, Jabber, or cases that involve the storage of files in the cloud or on harddrives – it’s crucially important for people being investigated or accused of a crime that involves the use of computer technology that they find Raleigh criminal lawyers who are familiar with all of these details, from TCP/IP protocols to cloud-based computing, Pretty Good Privacy (PGP) encryption software, to copyright infringement issues involving ripping and sharing through Peer-to-Peer networks and through BitTorrent.

It's also important to keep in mind that even a file that's been erased or wiped from a harddrive has not been permanently deleted.

That’s because, depending on the type of software used, either all or fragments of the incriminating material can be left on the harddrive. Some disk-drive wiping software merely changes the “Boot Sector” of the harddrive which is like a table of contents for the harddrive. It does not delete the entire drive, so the table of contents may be erased, but not the actually incriminating materials.

If you have material that you would not like to be found again, you can take apart the harddrive with a screwdriver, and smash the plates inside. Or take a drill, and drill through the harddrive in multiple places.

Do not donate the harddrive. Do not give the harddrive to Best Buy for them to wipe clean. Do not give the harddrive to friends for their use. Do not leave the harddrive in a closet. Do not throw the harddrive in the trash without thoroughly and physically smashing the harddrive.

Or, as Sigourney Weaver said in the movie Aliens, “Nuke it from orbit. It’s the only way to be sure.”

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