Criminal Charges


Computer Crimes

The internet has become more and more prevalent as a tool in the lives of private citizens and businesses in recent years. Because of this, legal issues associated with the internet have grown substantially. So has the field of internet and computer crimes law. The emerging arena of internet law continues to expand.

If you are under investigation for or have been charged with an internet crime in the Portage County or Summit County, it is essential that you retain the services of an experienced and skilled criminal defense attorney as soon as possible.

What are Cyber Crimes?

A cyber crime is a crime that is committed via the internet. It is hard to catch cyber criminals because they usually do not leave physical evidence. Cyber thieves steal financial records, security files, and other confidential or personal information. Often this information is used for identity fraud. Internet crimes are committed when a thief accesses a computer without authority and takes data.

Some examples of Internet Crime include:

  • Identity theft and financial fraud
  • Sex crimes, including solicitation of a minor, images, and chat
  • Credit card and bank fraud
  • Computer and email hacking
  • Cyber stalking and online threats
  • Online investment fraud and solicitation
  • Criminal simulation and pirating
  • Internet gaming fraud
  • Internet sales fraud
  • Purchase of illegal prescription drugs via the internet

Protect Your Rights

What has not changed are the constitutional rights and civil rights afforded every citizen: the right to privacy, the right to be free of unreasonable search and seizure, and the right to private property.

Ohio law enforcement officials often violate these rights when investigating computer crimes, going so far as to entrap or harass citizens. A skilled criminal defense attorney is needed to enforce these rights.

Attorney Dan Weisenburger defends people facing criminal charges for actions that allegedly used the internet as a tool, including:

  • Internet fraud and computer fraud, including e-mail scams
  • Telecommunications harassment
  • Nigerian check scams, eBay scams, and check scams
  • Credit card fraud and identity theft
  • Internet gambling
  • Sale of counterfeit goods over the internet
  • Internet pornography, including possession of child pornography, dissemination of child pornography, and violation of local obscenity ordinances
  • Cyber stalking
  • Sexual solicitation via computer
  • Violation of protection orders via computer, etc.


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