Computer Tampering in the First Degree – NY PL 156.27

The most serious and severely punished degree of Computer Tampering, Computer Tampering in the First Degree, pursuant to New York Penal Law 156.27, is a “C” felony punishable by up to fifteen years in state prison. Experienced New York computer crime lawyers often describe this crime as Computer Tampering in the Fourth Degree with the added “boost” of allegations by prosecutors that the accused caused in excess of $50,000 in damage.

More specifically, if you access or use another person’s computer or their computer network without their permission and while doing so intentionally caused damage to a computer program or computer data, then you are guilty of Computer Tampering in the First Degree. As noted above, the aggregate of the damage must exceed $50,000. If it is $50,000 or less, then the degree of the crime would be reduced one or more levels.

If you are arrested, indicted or charged with Computer Tampering in the First Degree in New York City or the region, consult with a knowledgeable and experienced New York cybercrime and computer crime lawyer. Not only are there certain terms in the New York Penal Law relating to computer crimes that are specifically defined, but your counsel may be able to challenge the evidence against you head on while also preventing you from compounding the allegations through admissions, statements or any form of acknowledgement.

Further information on Computer Tampering crimes can be found on the main Computer Tampering information page. Beyond this, the New York Criminal Lawyer Blog contains in depth information on computer and other crimes as well as cases in the news and legal decisions.

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