Computer Tampering in the Third Degree
Computer Tampering in the Third Degree is a “step up” from Computer Tampering in the Fourth Degree. Briefly, you are guilty of New York Penal Law 156.25 if you access a computer or computer service and you intentionally cause damage to the data contained there. Additionally, you must:
- intentionally commit or attempt to commit a felony; or
- have previously been convicted of any computer crime found in article 156; or
- intentionally destroy computer material (specifically defined in the law); or
- have caused damage to the computer data or program exceeding $1,000 in aggregate.
Unlike the other degrees of Computer Tampering, the Third Degree crime is not solely based in value or damage amount. As you can read above, a prior conviction, an attempt to commit a felony or the destruction of computer material (as opposed to data or a program), “bumps up” the misdemeanor offense to a felony crime. Because of this, consulting with a New York criminal lawyer versed in computer crimes prior to speaking with law enforcement or shortly after your arrest is critical.
Computer Tampering in the Third Degree is an “E” felony punishable by up to four years in state prison.
Background information on the crimes of Computer Tampering can be found on the general Computer Tampering information page. Extensive information on this and other crimes is located on the New York Criminal Lawyer Blog.
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