You have been staying with a friend, and you’ve been using their computer to browse the web. They told you that you could stay at their house while they’re out of the country, but what you didn’t know was that the computer’s IP address was being investigated for fraud.
You were enjoying getting into websites that your friend had bookmarked and saved, and they even had given you a credit card that they said you could use safely online. When the police came knocking, you were shocked. They served a warrant and took every computer in the home. You were arrested, and you were accused of identity theft among other computer crimes.
Cases like this can be difficult, because you may not have had any idea that you were doing anything wrong. You were set up to take the fall for someone else’s actions, but it appears like you were committing the crimes.
What should you do?
Your first step should always be to talk to your defense attorney about the arrest and what is happening. You may not even know all the charges that could be placed in this situation and the penalties that you could be facing. It’s important to have your attorney look into the case and find out more so that they can start helping you build your defense.
Your attorney will help you understand the charges, talk about possible defenses and give you information on plea bargains (if they are available). They can also discuss with you what you should expect at trial. You can also learn more about what might happen if you are convicted. Your defense attorney will be there to fight on your side. This situation isn’t fair, but you can (and should) fight back.