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  • Writer's pictureBrandon Hicks

Indiana's Offense Against Computer Users 35-43-1-8

Are you aware of the legal implications surrounding offenses against computer users in Indiana? In an increasingly digital world, computer-related crimes have become more prevalent, and it's crucial to understand the laws that protect individuals and organizations from unauthorized access, disruption, and damage to computer systems and networks. At B. Hicks Law, we're committed to defending your rights, and in this blog post, we'll provide you with valuable information about Indiana Code 35-43-1-8 – Offense against computer users.

What is IC 35-43-1-8?

Indiana Code 35-43-1-8 defines offenses against computer users, outlining the actions and consequences related to unauthorized access and damage to computer systems and networks. Let's break down the key aspects of this law:

Unauthorized Actions

IC 35-43-1-8(a) states that a person who knowingly or intentionally, and without authorization, engages in the following actions commits an offense against computer users:

  1. Disruption of Computer System Services: This includes disrupting or denying computer system services to an authorized user, which are owned by, under contract to, or operated on behalf of another person.

  2. Damage to Equipment or Supplies: The law considers it an offense to destroy, take, or damage equipment or supplies used or intended to be used in a computer, computer system, or computer network.

  3. Destruction or Damage of Computer Systems: Destroying or damaging a computer, computer system, or computer network is also considered a violation.

  4. Introduction of Computer Contaminants: Introducing a computer contaminant into a computer, computer system, or computer network is a criminal act.

Felony Classification

IC 35-43-1-8(b) classifies the offense as follows:

  1. Level 6 Felony: The default classification for the offense.

  2. Level 5 Felony: If the pecuniary loss caused by the offense is at least $750 but less than $50,000, or if the offense was committed for fraudulent purposes, or if it interrupts or impairs governmental operations or public services.

  3. Level 4 Felony: If the pecuniary loss caused by the offense is at least $50,000 or if the offense endangers human life.

Understanding the Consequences

In addition to criminal penalties, those who commit offenses described in IC 35-43-1-8(b) also commit a deceptive act actionable by the attorney general under IC 24-5-0.5. This makes them subject to remedies and penalties outlined in IC 24-5-0.5.

How B. Hicks Law Can Help

If you or someone you know is facing charges related to offenses against computer users in Indiana, it's essential to seek legal representation immediately. B. Hicks Law is here to provide expert guidance and support throughout your legal journey. We understand the intricacies of computer-related crimes and will work diligently to protect your rights and defend your case.

Final Thoughts

Computer-related crimes can have severe legal consequences, making it crucial to understand Indiana's laws surrounding offenses against computer users. At B. Hicks Law, we have a dedicated team of experienced criminal defense attorneys who can help you navigate these complex legal matters. Contact us today for a confidential consultation, and let us work to protect your rights and achieve the best possible outcome for your case. Your future is our priority.

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