Cybercrime is a term that encapsulates any criminal activity using computers or the internet. It covers many different areas of criminal activity and is now an increasing feature of prosecutions commenced by most prosecuting agencies.
As technology advances at a rapid rate, so does the potential for cybercrime and its increasing appearance in investigations and prosecutions. The rate of advance in technology only accelerates its deep complexity and potential for involvement in most allegations investigated by prosecuting agencies.
This complexity means it’s also vital to work with lawyers who are specialists in the field. We’ve been involved in countless cases that have featured cybercrime and successfully defended individuals and corporates in investigations and prosecutions with a cybercrime element.
Cybercrime offences can include:
- Accessing someone else’s computer without their consent
- Accessing someone else’s computer with the intention of committing a crime
- Causing information to be deleted from someone else’s computer to cause them damage
- Supplying or obtaining information which could be used to commit computer misuse offences
- The commission of sexual offences such as grooming or viewing and sharing indecent images
- Controlling or disrupting computer systems
- Financial crime including fraud, stealing cryptocurrency or even information or data
Why choose Hodge Jones & Allen Solicitors?
Our specialist lawyers are considered the UK’s leading experts in both sexual offences and financial crime and can assist you with any matter. We’ve acted in very high profile and complex matters involving cybercrime, routinely securing very successful outcomes for our clients.
We can act defending individuals and corporate entitles alleged to have committed cybercrime offences. Likewise, we have assisted individuals and corporate entitles who have been the victim of cybercrime offences, for example in civil fraud actions to recover funds stolen through cybercrime.
We have often deployed these types of arguments to great effect securing the collapse of criminal cases or even preventing a prosecution in the first place.
We have access to some of the leading lights in the field of cybercrime, be it barristers or forensic experts to help support your case.
Theft from a bank
Partner, Raj Chada acted for a bank employee who placed an electronic device on an internal computer. The device assisted his co-conspirators to transfer £1 million overnight to their own accounts. This was a ground-breaking investigation. We acted by reviewing banking analysis, internal CCTV, and expert evidence in relation to the electrical devices
Theft of cryptocurrency
Partner, Kiran Mehta acted for a Chief Financial Officer in conjunction with an investigation relating to the theft of many millions of euros of cryptocurrency from a global cryptocurrency exchange.
Partner, Kiran Mehta advised an individual in connection with a sexual communications offence involving the use of social media sites and telephones.
Partner, Raj Chada advised someone alleged to be involved in a fraud covering the UK and US, involving hundreds of fictitious bank accounts and false bank cards. Potential victims were transferring money to these accounts via the internet. Our solicitors are acting in ongoing investigations, scrutinizing the police investigation and its efforts.
Can I be extradited if I’m accused of cybercrime?
Other states are often requesting the extradition of individuals from the UK to face charges relating to offences that involve cybercrime. Often a defence objection to such an extradition request will centre round the cybercrime aspects. In this regard, we have one of the UK’s leading extradition departments who can advise you on the international element of a cybercrime case.
Are cybercrime investigations limited to one country?
Quite often any sort of alleged cybercrime perpetrated using a computer over the internet goes beyond international borders and, to that end, advice is required from experts on mutual legal assistance and extradition. We have the criminal defence, financial crime and extradition knowledge and experience to guide you through this.