There are various types of criminal activities that fall under the umbrella of “computer crimes” in Arizona. Many people may be familiar with the term “hacking,” however, there are computer crimes that are even broader and cover a variety of topics.
Most state laws identify and prohibit a number of offenses collectively called “computer crimes,” which include crimes such as hacking into a secure network or damaging a computer system. Arizona computer crime laws include misdemeanor charges as well as felonies, for offenses ranging from unlawful access to a computer (misdemeanor) to using that access to defraud, obtain property, alter, or destroy a computer system or network (felony).
The highlights of Arizona’s computer crime laws are listed below. See FindLaw’s Cyber Crimes section to learn more about the topic.
|Mental State Required for Prosecution||Intentionally, knowingly, recklessly|
|Misdemeanor Computer Crimes||None|
|Felony Computer Crimes||Access; access plus scheme to defraud; computer fraud in the 1st degree, class 3 felony; computer fraud in the 2nd degree, class 5 felony|
|Attempt Considered a Crime?||No|
|Civil Lawsuit Permitted?||No|
|Definition of computer tampering||A person who acts without authority or who exceeds authorization of use commits computer tampering by:
Note: State laws are constantly changing — contact an Arizona criminal defense attorney or conduct your own legal research to verify the state law(s) you are researching.
Arizona Criminal Laws: Related Resources:
- Arizona Legal Research
- Arizona Revised Statutes
- Cyber Crimes
- Official State Codes – Links to the official online statutes (laws) in all 50 states and DC.
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