Call For A Free Consultation: 866-687-8561
Menu Contact

Family Law: 3 Crimes To Know Before You Go Columbo - Part I

Tonight's post on unexpected crimes in family law was written by our Atlanta Divorce Attorney, Cherese Clark.

Family law comes packed with juicy stories of salacious affairs, nanny cams, and "smoking gun evidence that cracks the case. Parties run to their attorney's office with footage in hand, eager to bust the case open and expose "the truth!"

Truth is that the evidence they had is actually more damning than they think- but not for the reason they wish. The evidence that captured the misconduct of your opponent may be inadmissible and land you behind bars. This is Part 1 of a 3 part series about crimes to know before you go Colombo. First up, computer trespassing.

Computer trespassing covers a wide array of crimes from computer trespass, computer invasion of privacy, to computer password disclosure. All of the crimes in this category involve high-jacking someone's computer without their knowledge, to obtain information.

Computer Trespass

Computer trespass is the use of someone's computer to remove programs or data, to interfere with the use of the computer, or to alter or damage or cause the computer to malfunction. For example, if John Doe were to take Jane's computer and delete Skype because he knows the messages he sent could be harmful to his case, he could be found guilty of computer trespass.

Computer Invasion of Privacy

John logs onto the Jane's computer without her consent and reviews her business and personal bank statements. John could be guilty of computer invasion of privacy. Anyone that uses a computer or computer network to obtain "employment, medical, salary, credit, or any other financial or personal data without permission could face charges.

Computer Password Disclosure

John knows Jane's iPhone passcode. Whn she walks the dog, he secretly enters the code and unlocks the phone to get the content that he now wants to use as evidence against her. Even if Jane gave him passcode some time in their past, John committed the crime of computer password disclosure.

Eah of these crimes could subject Joe to criminal and civil liability. If Joe is found guilty of computer password disclosure, he could be fined up to $5,000 and be incarcerated for up to a year. Computer trespass and computer invasion of privacy conviction could cost Joe up to $50,000 in fines or up to 15 years in jail!

The moral of the story, pay the extra money to find out the truth and conduct discovery the right way, because playing Columbo (in this case playing John) could cost you way more than the mud you get to sling with the computer information you obtained.

It could cost you your liberty.

Cherese Clark

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information
Email us for a response

Contact The
Manely Firm, P.C. Today We know how to safeguard the future of your family.

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information
disclaimer.

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.

close

Privacy Policy

The Manely Firm, P.C.
211 Roswell Street
Marietta, GA 30060

Toll Free: 866-687-8561
Phone: 770-421-0808
Marietta Law Office Map

Lawrenceville Office
148 S Clayton Street, Ste. B
Lawrenceville, GA 30046

Toll Free: 866-687-8561
Phone: 678-534-6250
Lawrenceville Law Office Map

Atlanta Office
121 Martin Luther King, Jr. Dr., Suite 430
Atlanta, GA 30303

Toll Free: 866-687-8561
Atlanta Law Office Map

Savannah Office
427 E. York Street
Savannah, GA 31401

Toll Free: 866-687-8561
Phone: 912-748-1192
Fax: 912-200-6773
Savannah Family Law Office Map