Articles Posted in Cybercrimes

As a criminal lawyer in Fairfield County Connecticut, I’ve seen the same jilted mistress / girlfriend movie all too many times.

All these cheating and sugar daddy websites like Seekingarrangement.com and ashleymadison.co start off the same…a presumed “no strings attached” affair between an older, wealthier male and a younger, beautiful woman. At the outset, the terms are simple: man cheats with woman in exchange for him buying her and her friends nice stuff. They travel the world, stay at the best hotels, see the best shows, and enjoy the best restaurants and clubs.

And then…most of the time…it all goes to sh*t.

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This has probably happened to me 3 times in my 18-year career. A Connecticut teenager or college student client of mine is arrested in Darien, Wilton, or Greenwich Connecticut for either a drug, alcohol or sexual assault-related crime. As part of their case, I meet with the prosecutor and argue emphatically that these are good kids—hard-working students—who don’t get into trouble and hang around in a good crowd.

And then the prosecutor reaches into her file and pulls out a printout of my clients’ Facebook or Instagram pages and shows me outrageous photos. All from dates AFTER their arrests. The photos speak for themselves: kids crushing beer cans on their heads, someone guzzling beer through a funnel (doing a handstand no less!), and another kid looking very drunk with two girls around his arms.

Are the photos illegal? No. But they make terrible impressions and completely undermine the work of the criminal defense attorney trying to get your child’s arrest dismissed.

So here are 3 things parents need to know right now if your high school or college student has been arrested in New Canaan, Darien, Greenwich or Wilton Connecticut.

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Connecticut police and prosecutors are taking online harassment and social media harassment arrests seriously. Digital forensic police labs are sprouting up all over Fairfield County, and police in Greenwich, Weston, Stamford and Darien Connecticut are benefitting from government funding and top-tier training in cell phone and social media forensics. Their goal is simple: to stop online and digital harassment and bullying. Perhaps that’s why the best Connecticut computer crime criminal lawyers are seeing more harassment arrests originating from texting, emailing and social media messaging applications.

But no matter how fancy and cutting edge the new police technology may be, the time-tested First Amendment just may prevail in getting your Connecticut Harassment Second Degree arrest dismissed…

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The best Connecticut criminal lawyers and attorneys in Stamford, Greenwich, Darien and Westport Connecticut get this question all the time: is it against the law for a party to a phone call to secretly record the phone call without the other caller’s knowledge or consent? The legal questions arises often among the best Greenwich and Stamford Connecticut divorce and family lawyers who are embroiled in nasty below-the-belt divorces. Top Connecticut criminal lawyers get retained to consult on eavesdropping issues in the course of bitter business litigations and disputes where secret phone recordings mysteriously pop up in discovery. And if you’re a top Greenwich, Stamford or Connecticut divorce lawyer or family attorney and need to advise your client on whether it’s legal to secretly record phone conversations, then you should have a handle on Connecticut—as well as federal—eavesdropping laws.

So what’s the latest on Connecticut and federal eavesdropping and recording laws? A quick primer is offered below…

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Last week a Florida jury awarded Hulk Hogan $115 million in his lawsuit against Gawker.com for posting his sex tapes online, and without his permission. Weeks earlier, a Nashville jury awarded sportscaster Erin Andrews $55 million in her lawsuit against a peeping tom and the hotel company that was negligently complicit in enabling him to secretly record her and post nude video of her on the internet. Both cases highlight the surging importance of internet privacy laws—both criminal and civil privacy laws—and remind us that police, prosecutors and the civil courts are rallying around a zero tolerance mentality in enforcing these laws.

Surprising?  Not really.  This nationwide trend is hitting home here in Connecticut through the increase in Voyeurism arrests in Connecticut…

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Top Stamford and Greenwich Connecticut criminal lawyers and attorneys are frequently asked the same question: will an accidental or harmless Facebook message, Instagram, email or text message to your spouse or family member get you arrested in Connecticut for violating a Connecticut restraining order or Connecticut protective order.   If it’s a Connecticut full no contact protective / restraining order, then the answer is a resounding YES.

When the Norwalk, Stamford, Bridgeport or Danbury Connecticut domestic violence courts order a “Full No Contact” protective order against you, there is zero tolerance or margin for error. Even the most harmless, trivial or accidental text message or email can get you arrested in Stamford, Greenwich, Wilton, Darien, New Canaan or Fairfield Connecticut for Criminal Violation of a Protective Order under CGS 53a-223, a Class D felony with a maximum 5 year jail sentence. So how can you fight arrests in Stamford, Norwalk, Danbury and Bridgeport Connecticut domestic violence courts for Violation of a Protective Order? For starters, it’s all about crafting the most persuasive and technical defense and convincing the prosecutor that the alleged “victim” is using and abusing the criminal court process to harass and humiliate you.  Keep reading to learn more about how to turn the tidal wave of the criminal court process away from you and against your accuser…

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In a bold move by law enforcement, New Jersey prosecutors arrested 20 high school and middle school students for sexting and circulating nude photos of a female classmate, charging them all with felony invasion of privacy crimes. And as the top Stamford, New Canaan, Darien and Greenwich Connecticut juvenile criminal lawyers would tell you, Connecticut police and prosecutors are now aggressively enforcing sexting laws, trying to put a stop to the dissemination and circulation of nude photos of students in cyberspace.

As a result, parents of Greenwich, New Canaan, Darien, Westport and Fairfield Connecticut high school and middle school students are now wondering…can my kid really get arrested in Connecticut for sexting?

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Ever hear of revenge porn?

I hadn’t until last week when I read media reports about a San Diego man who was sentenced to 18 years in jail for operating and profiting from a revenge porn website.  He was convicted of 21 counts of Identity Theft and 6 counts of Larceny by Extortion, both of which are felony arrests in the State of Connecticut. He created a website that pandered to scorned men.  He solicited them to send naked photos and videos of their ex-lovers which he would then post online.  Then, on top of that, he would charge these women-victims thousands of dollars to take the photos down.  Only in America!

So is the law finally catching up with technology? The answer is yes. And as evidenced by this guy’s 18 year jail sentence, they are coming after cybercriminals with a sledgehammer…

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Bullying and cyber-bullying in the Stamford, Greenwich, Darien, Westport, Fairfield and New Canaan public and private highs schools and middle schools can wreak havoc on a child and their parents if not addressed swiftly and appropriately by school administrators. As parents of millennials know all too well these days, cyber-bullying and harassment in Connecticut high schools do not always end at the last school bell. The bullying and harassment is often extracurricular—spilling over to social media websites and iphone apps like Facebook, SnapChat, Kik and Twitter.

Parents of cyber-bullying victims in Stamford, Greenwich and Darien are often frustrated, as they do not know how to protect their children from cyber-bullying. They often look to the school for assistance, but there still are not clear-cut procedures and penalties in place to protect victims of bullying in Greenwich, Westport and Fairfield high schools. While schools try, they often fail, due to lack of experience and resources. This can be incredibly frustrating for parents, and dangerous for a bullied child, leaving them vulnerable to cyber-bullying in Westport, Fairfield and New Canaan.

But there’s now some hope—as a new federal law is being introduced in Congress that would force most high schools and colleges to take action. Keep reading to learn more…

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I’ve seen a number of recent arrests of New Canaan, Westport and Darien High School students, as well as arrests of Stamford and Greenwich High School students, for social media and online bullying and Threatening in the Second Degree under CGS 53a-62.  New Canaan, Darien and Greenwich High Schools are taking a strong stance against online bullying and threatening of students on Instagram, Facebook, and Snapchat.

So do you really need a top Greenwich, Darien or New Canaan school discipline juvenile criminal lawyer to fight your charges and get your child’s school discipline record cleaned up?  Absolutely.  Here’s why…

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