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What are Ohio’s computer crime laws?

With technology changing rapidly, states are left to keep up with laws regarding computer crimes. While this is easier said than done, it's something that most states, including Ohio, have put a lot of time and effort into doing.

In short, Ohio computer crime laws can be categorized as either a felony or misdemeanor. A felony is the more serious of the two, which can include a crime such as unauthorized use of computer property. A misdemeanor, on the other hand, includes more minor issues, such as sending spam at a high rate.

There are many requirements for a computer crime, including the fact that the person must have had a mental intent to commit a crime. There are many forms of intent, including but not limited to negligence and recklessness.

The type of crime a person is charged with depends largely on the severity. In Ohio, the two types of charges include a 5th degree felony for unauthorized use of computer property and 4th degree misdemeanor.

Due to the fact that computer crime laws are not as advanced as some others, it can be difficult for authorities to make sound decisions regarding who should and should not be charged. For example, there is always gray area in regards to mental intent. How do authorities decide who was trying to commit a crime and who made a simple error in judgment?

If you are charged with a computer crime, you need to understand your legal rights and the type of defense that could help you avoid trouble. An experienced criminal defense attorney can help you determine what your legal options are.

Source: FindLaw, "Ohio Computer Crimes Laws," accessed July 15, 2016

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