Larceny is the unlawful taking and carrying away of personal property belonging to another person with the intent to permanently deprive. In California, accessing a computer or using it without permission is a form of larceny.
- How Does California Define Using or Accessing a Computer or Network without Permission?
- What If I Didn’t Physically Use the Computer, but Had Unlawful Access?
- What if I Accessed the Network to Find Information, Can I Be Charged?
- Can I Be Charged If I Let My Friend Access My Work Computer?
- Can I Be Charged with Accessing a Computer and Another Type of Criminal Charge?
- How Much Time Can I Get for Accessing a Computer or Network?
- Can a Lawyer Help Me with My Criminal Charge?
In California, the use or access of a computer or network without permission is simply defined. It’s a crime to knowingly access a computer network, computer, or computer system without the permission of the owner.
Even if you did not access the computer physically and in-person, the charge still applies. In this case, access to the computer can also be done remotely.
Yes. It’s illegal to access the network or computer to do any of the following:
- Alter information
- Obtain information
- Destroy data
- Use the data on the computer
Yes. Under California law, giving someone access to a network, computer, or computer system without the owner’s permission is a crime. Unlawful access also includes giving a person a password.
Yes. If a person accessed the computer with the intention to commit another crime, more criminal charges could apply. For example, if someone accessed a computer network for unlawful financial gain, then theft is a possible additional charge.
Depending on the facts of the case, a person can be charged with a misdemeanor or felony. A misdemeanor conviction is up to one year in jail, probation, and/or fines. If a felony conviction, it’s up to three years in prison.
Yes, It’s in your best interest to talk with a California lawyer about this charge. They can help you understand your charge and start building a defense.