Computer Tampering in the Fourth Degree
New York Penal Law 156.20, Computer Tampering in the Fourth Degree, is an “A” misdemeanor punishable by up to one year in jail. Many New York computer crime and cyber crime lawyers describe Computer Tampering in the Fourth Degree as the offense by which the higher degree crimes are based. Whether the accusation is in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens or in Westchester County, all degrees of Computer Tampering must incorporate this base level offense.
Generally, you are guilty of Computer Tampering in the Fourth Degree when you merely access without permission a computer, computer service or computer network. Additionally, you must have also accessed or used this and intentionally altered or destroyed a computer program or data. Having caused this damage accidently or recklessly, as opposed to intentionally, is not enough to sustain these charges.
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