Computer Crimes

Milwaukee Computer Crimes Lawyer

In this day and age, most businesses store data on computers and other electronic media storage systems. When an employee goes to work for a competitor or starts his or her own competing business, the former employer may hire a computer forensic expert to search the employee’s workstation or laptop or the company’s e-mail server for evidence that the employee accessed data without permission and copied or deleted data. Because state and federal laws make it a crime to access electronic storage media without permission, an employee’s actions may lead to a civil computer crimes claim.

Attorney Robert Corris is an experienced business litigator who knows how to prosecute or defend against civil computer crimes claims. If you have been sued for an alleged computer crime, he can help you to defeat your former employer’s case so you can have the peace of mind to move ahead with your career.  If you are an employer who wants to pursue a claim for misappropriation of computer data, he can help you bring a claim for violation of computer crime statutes.  He also advises clients on how to avoid being accused of a computer crime.

To learn more, call the Corris Law Office today at (414) 272-8000, send us a fax (414) 755-7050 or an e-mail (rcorris@corrislaw.com), or use our convenient contact form. We represent clients throughout Southeastern Wisconsin, including Milwaukee, Hartland, Waukesha and surrounding areas. We pledge prompt and personal attention to your case and look forward to working with you to solve your computer crimes concerns.

Solving Your Computer Crimes Issues

The two federal computer crimes statutes are the Electronic Communications Privacy Act and the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act. Wisconsin’s statute is simply entitled “Computer Crimes.” For a violation of these statutes to occur, generally there must be both unauthorized access and damages of a threshold amount.

These statutes make it clear that it is illegal to delete data or disable a computer system. They also may be interpreted to provide a civil remedy for an employer when an employee accesses computer data to use in competition with the employer.

Attorney Robert Corris knows about the cases and the issues that will undermine an employer’s computer crime claims. For instance:

  • Is an employee who has authorization to access the employer’s computer system for the employer’s business accessing it “without authorization” when the access is for the purpose of obtaining information for use when the employee leaves?
  • Is the threshold for the dollar amount of damages met by the employer’s proof of business loss (such as losses due to the employee’s competing business), or must the employer prove damages in the threshold amount to the employer’s computer system itself?

Ideally, an employee should consult with an experienced and knowledgeable Wisconsin computer crimes lawyer before the employee leaves for a competitor, since it is better if the employee avoids conduct that typically leads to computer crimes accusations. The Corris Law Office regularly advises clients about how to avoid allegations of computer crimes violations.

Contact the Corris Law Office Today

Attorney Robert Corris is an experienced business litigator as well as a speaker and author on a variety of business litigation topics, including Wisconsin computer crimes, and he is ready to discuss solutions to your legal problems today.

The Corris Law Office serves business law clients, including individuals, throughout Southeastern Wisconsin, including Milwaukee, Hartland, Waukesha and surrounding areas. To learn more, call us at (414) 272-8000, send us a fax (414) 755-7050 or an e-mail (rcorris@corrislaw.com), or use our convenient contact form. We pledge prompt and personal attention to your case and look forward to working with you.