Navigating Cybercrime Charges in BC: Laws and Defence Strategies

Written by Jerry Steele


Navigating Cybercrime Charges in BC: Laws and Defence Strategies

Written by Jerry Steele

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For more than 20 years, Steele Law has successfully guided individuals and business entities through the unique challenges posed by criminal and regulatory investigations, as well as prosecutions in state and federal courts nationwide.
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Cybercrime charges are one of the more modern legal issues that have emerged in recent years. These cases are popping up in the news and courts more frequently, but many are still unfamiliar with the laws and defence strategies surrounding cybercrime charges in BC. 

What is Considered Cybercrime in BC?

According to the Canadian Criminal Code, a cybercrime is any criminal activity committed using a computer or the internet. This activity can include fraud, theft of personal information, hacking, distribution of illegal content, and more. The severity of the cybercrime charge will depend on the type of crime committed and the amount of damage or harm caused.

Defence Strategies for Cybercrime Charges

If you face cybercrime charges in BC, you’ll need a lawyer with unique expertise defending these cases to ensure a better chance at a favourable outcome. 

Some common defence strategies for cybercrime charges may include:

  • Challenging the evidence: Your lawyer can argue the evidence against you is insufficient or that unlawful means were used to obtain it.
  • Negating intent: Intent must be proven beyond a reasonable doubt in criminal cases, so your lawyer may try to show that you did not knowingly or intentionally commit the cybercrime.
  • Proving mistaken identity: Sometimes, individuals may be wrongfully accused of cybercrime due to mistaken identity. Your lawyer can investigate and present evidence to establish your innocence.
  • Asserting lack of knowledge: If you were unaware that the activity was illegal or did not have full control over the computer or internet used, your lawyer may argue that you cannot be held responsible.
  • Plea bargaining: Sometimes, your lawyer may negotiate with the prosecution to reduce your charges or penalties in exchange for a guilty plea.

The Consequences of Cybercrime Charges

Under the Canadian Criminal Code, the maximum penalty for cybercrime charges is life imprisonment in the case of cyberterrorism, an indictable offence. Charges like hacking and phishing carry a maximum penalty of 14 years in prison, while charges such as Denial-of-Service (Dos) Attacks and Malware can result in 10-year sentences. 

Along with prison sentences, cybercrime charges can come with major financial penalties. For example, if found guilty of electronic theft, this could mean fines of up to $1 million or prison for up to five years. Sometimes, it means a combination of both.

BC Cybercrime Lawyer: Jerry Steele

If you’re facing cybercrime charges in BC, contact Jerry Steele immediately. His experience fighting these types of cases is unmatched. You need a lawyer with the technical knowledge to understand the complexities of cybercrime and can use that to your advantage in court—call 778-700-0012 now.