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Computer Crimes

Internet  Cyber Crime Defense

Our cybercrime defense lawyers are prepared to protect your rights if you are accused of an Internet crime. Some of the most common Cyber Crimes include:

Most states have enacted Internet and computer crimes statutes, including among many others Virginia, California, New York, and Alabama.  Many of these statutes not only provide for criminal prosecution but also for civil liability.

Our attorneys are aggressive computer crime defense legal practitioners.  We frequently handle representation to those accused of Internet crimes.  Some of the issues we encounter include:

  • College student is accused of computer hacking, violation of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, computer trespass, computer fraud, and a long list of other computer crimes. A Virginia Cybercrime defense lawyer intervenes to clear up these computer crime accusations and allow the young man to continue his promising IT career.
  • An individual faces computer trespass and hacking/unauthorized access accusations after retrieving emails from his unfaithful spouse’s email account. Prompt assistance from a Virginia computer crimes defense attorney is critical.
  • Our client was accused of being the leader of the most prolific Internet music piracy group in the world.  The charge consisted of conspiracy to commit copyright Infringement.  The charges were initially brought in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia located in Alexandria, Virginia.  The trial took place in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas, located in Houston, Texas.  Our client elected to have is case tried by a Federal Jury.  Our technical knowledge assisted us in providing competent legal representation and bringing the case to a successful resolution.  Read More…
  • Our client was arrested on access device fraud charges and aggravated identity theft in the Eastern District of Virginia, Richmond Division.  The accusations involved alleged selling of stolen credit card numbers, social security numbers, other personally identifiable information, as well as e-mail account data for spam purposes.  We thoroughly reviewed the government evidence, both the technical and the legal aspects, and assisted our client in obtaining a favorable result.
  • Our client was accused of using a computer system to solicit a minor in Chesterfield County, Virginia.  Our technical knowledge allowed us to properly dissect and understand the technical issues in the government’s evidence, resulting in a favorable resolution for our client.
  • Our client appealed a case handled by another defense attorney to the Virginia Court of Appeals and to the Virginia Supreme Court.  The charges involved the use of a computer system to facilitate certain offenses involving children in Virginia.  Our technical knowledge allowed us to be able to understand the case immediately and completely analyze all the issues despite being retained after the appeal process was already underway.
  • Our client was a victim of computer trespass and unauthorized network access by a former employee.  Our experience in both the legal and technical aspects allowed our client to gather the necessary evidence to prosecute the perpetrator in a “one-stop shopping” manner.
  • Our client was charged with eight counts of use of a computer system to facilitate certain offenses involving children in Virginia.  Our technical analysis allowed us to get the majority of the charges dismissed, resulting in a resolution of the case involving no jail time.
  • Our client was a victim of computer fraud, computer trespass and unauthorized access to his computer by a debt collector.  Our technical know-how and legal analysis allowed us to recommend a course of action for this activity, which may have otherwise gone undetected.
  • Individual charged with felony transmission of unsolicited bulk email (SPAM). The intervention of a Virginia SPAM computer crime defense attorney is necessary.
  • Individual accused of selling counterfeit medications over the Internet. The assistance of a Virginia computer crime defense attorney is essential to protecting the individual’s freedom.
  • E-Commerce website operator faces charges of Internet criminal copyright infringement. A Virginia cyber crime defense attorney intervenes to protect the website operator’s freedom.
  • High profile government executive with a high level security clearance is arrested for receipt, possession, and distribution of child pornography. A computer crime defense attorney must expertly manage the defense to prevent the Internet child pornography accusations from ruining his life.
  • Our client is arrested for obstruction of justice charges after being the victim of identity theft. The crimes were committed by the identity thief. A Virginia computer crime defense attorney with our firm intervenes to clear our client’s reputation which was affected as a result of the cyber crime of Identity Theft.
  • Our client is accused of illegally distributing pirated software online. These criminal copyright infringement accusations threaten his freedom.  An aggressive computer crime defense is necessary.

If you are accused of a cybercrime, you need experienced and competent legal representation. A cybercrime defense lawyer with our firm can assist you.

Domain Names

Domain Name Dispute Lawyer

Our domain name lawyers assist our clients with issues pertaining to domain name laws. The laws applying to domain name issues and domain name disputes are specialized and it is best to get advice from an experienced domain name lawyer. As domain name attorneys, we regularly advise our clients about complex domain name issues. Some of these include:

The Truth in Domain Names Act – This act forbids the use of a misleading domain name to: 1) trick a person into viewing content that is obscene; or 2) trick a minor into viewing material that is harmful to minors. Our Internet lawyers and domain name attorneys are there to assist you should you have legal problems with the authorities, your domain name registrar, or your affiliates.

Trademark Infringement in Domain Names, Cybersquatting and the Anti-Cybersquatting Consumer Protection Act – A Cybersquatter is a person who registers a domain name in bad faith in violation of the rights of a trademark owner. The Anti-Cybersquatting Consumer Protection Act (ACPA) further protects trademark owners. An action under the ACPA requires a showing that a domain registrant had a “bad faith intent to profit” from the trademark owner’s trademark and that the registrant registered or used a domain name identical or confusingly similar to the trademark. Whether a cybersquatter has registered a domain name containing your trademark or whether you are accused of being a cybersquatter, our domain name lawyers and cybersquatting attorneys are prepared to defend your rights, protect your trademark, and assist you with all your Internet Law or Domain Name Law issues.

The Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP) – The UDRP is an arbitration process which provides an alternative to the filing of a lawsuit in order to facilitate the resolution of domain name disputes. To prevail in an UDRP proceeding, a complainant must prove that 1) the domain names are either identical or confusingly similar, 2) that the registrant has no legitimate interest in the name, and 3) that the registration and use of the domain name is in bad faith. The procedure is overseen by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN). Effective UDRP legal representation requires the expertise of an effective and experienced domain name lawyer. Our domain name attorneys understand domain name law.

For example, recently we assisted a client who had build and maintained its trademarks for many years.  The trademark consisted of an original and creative name.  A corporation registered the domain name and was using it for an informational site containing advertisements for a competitor.

We are domain name lawyers, UDRP attorneys, cybersquatting lawyers, and domain name law consultants.

By Dom Rivera

Trademark Infringement

Internet Trademark Infringement

Businesses spend significant time and resources creating, marketing, and promoting their and logos as well as the names and logos of their products.  Attorney Domingo J. Rivera and the other Internet lawyers from our firm understand that When a business creates a website, the logos and unique marks developed by the business are easily exposed for others to download, use, and in many cases utilize to compete against the owner of the trademark or trade name.

Similarly, cybersquatters may register domain names containing a business’ trade name or trademark. These domain name cybersquatters may intend to profit from the brand recognition, create customer confusion to promote competing products, or simply want to sell the domain name to the trademark owner for a profit.

In addition to trademark infringement in domain name registration, online trademark infringement occurs frequently in domain name registration, meta tags, and keyword search advertising. As your online trademark infringement lawyers, we provide you advice on how to protect your Intellectual Property against all Internet based trademark infringement.  Some instances of Internet trademark infringement include:

Trademark Infringement in Domain Names, Cybersquatting, and Cyber-piracy – Internet trademark infringement may occur as a result of the registration of a domain name in violation of the rights of a trademark owner.  Our trademark infringement attorneys can assist you in protecting your trademark rights from cybersquatters and cyber-pirates and can also assist you in recovering your domain name.

Trademark Infringement in Meta Tags – What happens when a website owner uses another entity’s trademarks as meta tags? Is it trademark infringement? We frequently handle issues of Internet trademark infringement resulting from the use of a trademark as a meta tag. A trademark infringement attorney with our firm will assist you in evaluating the situation and stopping the infringing conduct.

Trademark Infringement in Keyword Search Advertising – Web searches are the primary method used for finding goods and services on the Internet. Therefore, online keyword advertising is a very popular and effective method of Internet advertisement. Can a business use its competitor’s name and/or trademark as a search keyword without engaging in online trademark infringement? An Internet trademark infringement can evaluate your particular situation and provide you with sound trademark infringement advice and stop the infringement against your trademark.

Our Internet trademark infringement attorneys assist our clients in stopping Internet trademark infringement and cybersquatting.  We frequently deal with Internet trademark infringement issues, for example:

  • A competitor registered a domain name containing a business’ federally registered trademark.  Intervention from an Internet trademark infringement and cybersquatting attorney is required to keep the competitor from stealing the business’ Internet traffic.
  • A competitor utilized a registered trademark as an Internet search engine keyword.  The assistance of a trademark infringement attorney is necessary to keep the competitor from obtaining Internet traffic rightfully belonging to the trademark owner.
  • A business receives a cease and desist letter accusing it of Internet trademark infringement.  The trademark in question is not unique and should have never qualified for trademark protection in the first place.  An Internet trademark lawyer intervenes to stop the bullying and idle threats of litigation against the business.
  • Our client was the owner of a trademark for a product that the corporation sold online.  A prospective competitor initiated a campaign of using our client’s trademark to falsely criticize the effectiveness of the product in the eve of launching a competing commercial product.
  • A business’ website is removed from the major search engines as a result of false accusations of trademark infringement.  Prompt action is required to secure the survival of the business.

When you need the services of an Internet trademark infringement attorney, Internet trademark lawyer, cyber squatting lawyer, cyber-piracy legal practitioner… we understand Internet trademark law.