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Violating workplace computer policy can lead to criminal charges

If you work in an office environment in the Milwaukee area, chances are your employer has policies on what you can and cannot do on the computer. Many people tend to ignore or forget those stipulations once they have been on the job for a while. The internet offers most individuals a sense of privacy and anonymity. This may lead you to believe you can post and do anything you want online. However, if you fall prey to that sense of security, you could end up facing criminal charges for a computer crime.

The number of computer crimes committed each day is growing. Do not ignore the consequences they carry and how they can affect your life. Take some time to consider the following information on computer and cybercrimes:

Follow workplace policy to avoid charges

Your employer has rules in place regarding the use of work computers for a reason. One of them is to keep you from breaking the law. When you disregard those policies and use your computer to illegally access and tamper with information, software and other data, the crime you are committing is computer tampering. It is one of the most serious types of computer crimes and carries some extremely harsh consequences. Bear in mind that some illegal computer activities can result in you receiving multiple criminal charges.

The penalties have lingering effects

Internet and computer tampering crimes carry significant penalties that can derail your career and goals. In addition to incarceration, huge fines and community service, there is also the possibility you may have restricted computer usage privileges and trouble finding gainful employment in the future.

Keep in mind that even if you unintentionally break the law and use a computer to commit a cybercrime, you do have rights. You may want to work with an attorney who can help you learn what those rights are, protect them and go over defense options to help reduce the consequences you face.

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