Chesterfield Virginia Computer Crimes Laws

The online and computer-related crimes are increasing at an alarming rate and they are adversely affecting the lives of individuals as well as impacting the businesses and huge organizations. The following acts are considered illegal according to the Chesterfield Virginia laws:

  1. Trespassing on a computer device
  2. Trespassing into a network of computers
  3. Application of a computer device for fraud
  4. Computer harassment
  5. Invasion of privacy

Understanding the Chesterfield Virginia Computer Crimes Laws 

The Chesterfield Virginia law states that:

“It shall be unlawful for any person, with malicious intent, to:

  1. Temporarily or permanently remove, halt, or otherwise disable any computer data, computer programs or computer software from a computer or computer network;
  1. Cause a computer to malfunction, regardless of how long the malfunction persists;
  1. Alter, disable, or erase any computer data, computer programs or computer software;
  1. Effect the creation or alteration of a financial instrument or of an electronic transfer of funds;
  1. Use a computer or computer network to cause physical injury to the property of another; or
  1. Use a computer or computer network to make or cause to be made an unauthorized copy, in any form, including, but not limited to, any printed or electronic form of computer data, computer programs or computer software residing in, communicated by, or produced by a computer or computer network.

Penalties for committing Computer Crimes in Chesterfield Virginia 

As per the law of Virginia code 18.2 section 152.4 titled as “Computer trespass; penalty”:

“Any person who violates this section shall be guilty of computer trespass, which offense shall be punishable as a Class 1 misdemeanor. If there is damage to the property of another valued at $1,000 or more caused by such person’s act in violation of this section, the offense shall be punishable as a Class 6 felony. Nothing in this section shall be construed to interfere with or prohibit terms or conditions in a contract or license related to computers, computer data, computer networks, computer operations, computer programs, computer services, or computer software or to create any liability by reason of terms or conditions adopted by, or technical measures implemented by, a Virginia-based electronic mail service provider to prevent the transmission of unsolicited electronic mail in violation of this article. Nothing in this section shall be construed to prohibit the monitoring of computer usage of, the otherwise lawful copying of data of, or the denial of computer or Internet access to a minor by a parent or legal guardian of the minor.”

Computer or Telephonic Harassment Statute

As per the Virginia law code section 18.2-427 a person who has committed any of the below-mentioned crime has to face the charges of class one misdemeanor:

  1. Use of
    1. lascivious
    2. Lewd
    3. obscene
    4. profane
    5. indecent or vulgar language
  2. proposes content which is
    1. X-rated
    2. obscene
    3. explicit nature
  3. warns or threatens to do any immoral or illegal activities with an intention of
    1. intimidate
    2. harass
    3. coerce any individual