The growing reliance on electronic data in modern society has opened the door to new types of criminal allegations involving computers, computer networks, computer services and other electronic means.
The Press of Atlantic City reported that South Carolina was ranked as number 32 in a list of all states and the District of Columbia for its cybercrime events. The rankings were based on the number of reported events and the alleged financial value of each event.
Types of computer crimes
The South Carolina Code of Law explains that a person may be charged with a computer crime even for allegedly considering or creating a plan to defraud a business or an individual via electronic means. Making false statements about any facts associated with illegal financial gain may also open the door to a cybercrime charge.
Felony computer crime charges in South Carolina
A person accused of a computer crime in which the amount of money allegedly gained by the defendant or lost by a supposed victim equals or exceeds $10,000 may be charged with a first degree offense. First degree cybercrimes are felonies in South Carolina and carry maximum penalties of $50,000 and five years in prison.
Misdemeanor computer crime charges in South Carolina
Second and third degree computer crimes are considered misdemeanors in South Carolina. A second degree offense includes alleged gains or losses up to $10,000 but no less than $1,000. Maximum penalties for these offenses include $10,000 in fines and 12 months of incarceration. Interference with computer or network services may also related to these charges.