Most states now recognize computer-related offenses as separate crimes. New Jersey computer crime laws classify illegal access to another’s computer or network as a computer crime. New Jersey criminal laws do not distinguish between felonies and misdemeanors, but rather classify crimes by degrees; first-degree being the most severe and fourth-degree being the least.
However, New Jersey law does not allow civil lawsuits for computer crimes.
The following chart lists some of the main provisions of New Jersey’s computer crime laws. See Computer Crime to learn more.
|Code Section||2C:20-23, et seq. Note: Section does not specifically classify crimes listed as either felony or misdemeanor. Offenses listed in misdemeanor or felony columns are based on the levels of punishments imposed rather than by explicit classification.|
|Definition of Computer Crime (by Type)||A person is guilty of computer criminal activity if the person purposely or knowingly and without authorization, or in excess of authorization:
|Classfication of Crimes / Penalties||(Numbers correspond to preceeding list)
|Mental State Required for Prosecution||Purposely, knowingly|
|Attempt Considered a Crime?||No|
|Civil Lawsuit Permitted?||No|
Note: State laws are constantly changing — contact a New Jersey criminal attorney or conduct your own legal research to verify the state law(s) you are researching.
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