Computer Crime

Computer crime covers a fairly wide number of possible activities that are regarded by the authorities as dishonest and are intended to cause loss for one person and an illicit gain to another. This may be the best way we can define what we mean by computer crime as in truth the activity covered is so varied that a clear definition is an unrealistic wish.

If you have been arrested, if you think you are at risk of being arrested, if you are on bail or have already been charged with an offence relating to computer or internet crime, our expert team of lawyers can help you. We are a much respected firm within the profession and our solicitors and support staff have a wealth of experience and expert knowledge. This allows you to have confidence in our ability to represent you.

We work with trusted expert Barristers and Forensic IT specialists in our diligent defence of your case. Cyber crime has become so sophisticated you need a quality team of Cyber crime defence solicitors to take on your case and understand the complexities of it. The investigation and prosecution authorities can get carried away with a case because they have not understood or have misunderstood what the computer experts are trying to tell them about their case. Defending such cases means your lawyers need to have the technical legal expertise for complex cases together with the intellectual rigour, knowledge and interest to understand such cases to ensure the defence case remains focussed on producing the best line of defence to achieve the right verdict.

Computer crime and internet fraud are complex cases which can stretch across many countries, but not necessarily. You could be at risk of being prosecuted under the Computer Misuse Act, for conspiracy, for fraud and/or money laundering offences. Extradition could be a real possibility).

Some examples of computer or internet crime include Computer Hacking, Identity Theft, Maliciously creating and spreading viruses, Using counterfeit or unlicensed software (Piracy).

The crime could be targeted against an individual, a government or a company. The person accessing the computer could be situated in the same room as the computer, in the area of the premises, anywhere else in the country or abroad. The pervasive nature of computerisation and the internet means that computer crime does not depend on proximity for a crime to be concluded.

Much computer crime is random. It works with spam and targets as many IP addresses as possible on the assumption that sufficient people will be persuaded to respond and give information to allow the ultimate crime to occur. Unfortunately this relies on vulnerable people who are desperate for assistance to end up losing even more.

Alternatively the intention may be to access a specific computer or network to cause damage or obtain information.

Contact Dennis Clarke to discuss your needs and agree a fee structure to deal with this. At the same time why not have a policy to deal with other eventualities that are usually ignored but which will be expensive if no plan is in place. See our business section for more.


Clarke Kiernan, Criminal Law Solicitors,

2 – 4 Bradford Street, Tonbridge, Kent. TN9 1DU

Phone: 01732360999, Fax : 01732353835, fraud@clarkekiernan.comMap