Is Your Wi-Fi Password Protected?

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Is Your Wi-Fi Password Protected?

Did you know that you could be arrested for child pornography by simply not protecting your Wi-Fi system?  A neighbor can tap into your home Wi-Fi and download or transmit kiddie porn and you may never know it, until the police are at your door.  Do you know how far your Wi-Fi system extends?  Do you know who is on it?  Run a simple test using a laptop and see how easy it is to connect to your household or office Wi-Fi.

Why is this important?  Law enforcement regularly monitors Internet traffic looking for child pornography images being sent or received.  Each image has a unique “has value” or electronic fingerprint.  The Federal Government maintains a library of known child pornography images and it is easy to identify one of those images if it is transmitted to or from a computer.  The first thing the authorities do is determine the IP address where the image was sent to or received from.  An IP address is a physical location associated with an Internet account.  For example, if you use Verizon or Comcast or other Internet provider, there is a record of your Internet terminal location with an actual latitude and longitude.  Law enforcement can get this information from the Internet provider.  If your system is not password protected, a neighbor can access child pornography from your terminal and you may never know it.  The problem is that the police may think you are the one viewing child porn in your home and show up with a search warrant or worse yet an arrest warrant.  This actually happened here in Sarasota recently.  A man on a boat at the marina downtown tapped into someone’s Wi-Fi and was using it without their knowledge.

As a Child Pornography lawyer handling all types of sex crimes I have reviewed search warrant affidavits and seen criminal cases where the police actually are unaware of the fact that someone else accessed the system.  This is particularly a problem where people live in close proximity to each other such as in a Condo or mobile home park.  Your neighbor two doors away could be viewing kiddie porn using your IP address and you may never know it.  Unless you protect yourself you could be arrested for a crime committed by someone else.  Be sure to take the time to password protect your system.  As a criminal defense lawyer handling Internet crimes I have used this as a defense when defending child pornography cases.  The police have to establish more than just a location, they have to prove who was actually accessing the child porn.  If all they can do is track it to a location, an IP address, they may not be able to prove who actually viewed or possessed the illegal images.  There are technical defenses to child porn cases and an experienced sex crime attorney who understands how computers and the Internet function may use this as a defense.

For a Free Consultation call  941 366 3506 24/7 or send me a confidential email to peterdaiken@gmail.com with contact information and view (by clicking) the “ABOUT” at the top of this page to see my 40 years experience and credentials. All Replies below are strictly confidential and never public.

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They Took My Computer…Am I Under Investigation for a Crime??

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They Took My Computer….What Do I do”?

It begins with a knock on your door.  It is a law enforcement officer from the FBI, ICE or one of the other Federal criminal investigative agencies.  It may be from a local detective.  They ask if they can talk to you.  The ask permission to look on your computer or they ask permission to take your computer.  Most people relent and voluntarily turn over their computer or worse yet consent to an interview.  As an Experienced Florida Child Pornography Lawyer,never give up your computer and keep your mouth shut.

Government investigators are constantly monitoring the Internet.  The “thought police” really do exist and really are monitoring which sites you visit and what you look at and particularly what you download to your computer.  Child pornography images have identifying “hash” values, similar to fingerprints.  Google can identify child porn if it somehow goes through a Google site like Picasaweb.  If you are on a peer to peer site, you are being tracked and the hash values for certain images will lead the police to your door.

They may not have enough for a warrant to take your computer buy you may be a suspect and they may try and talk you into voluntarily turning it over.  As a Florida Child Porn Attorney, do not do it.  Call a lawyer.

Not all criminal defense lawyers are experienced in cyber crimes

As a Florida Criminal Defense Lawyer, experienced in Child Porn Criminal Defense, I have been handling sex crimes involving computers as long as there have been computers.  There are technical defenses that have nothing to do with guilt or innocence.  Just because you are guilty does not mean they can prove it. As a Florida Federal Sex Crimes Defense Attorney, confession may be good for the soul but if you confess to law enforcement, they will put your body in Federal prison for many years.  I cannot stress how very important it is to absolutely keep your mouth shut.  When you hear those very ominous words “you have the right to an attorney”, shut up and call a lawyer.  You cannot talk your way out of an arrest or out of jail.  The only way legally they can put you “behind” the computer at the time of a crime, many times is with your own admission.  You may be in a house where many people have access to the computer or have an unprotected router and the police may not be able to prove who downloaded a particular image.  Don’t talk yourself into jail.

If you have been contacted or a search warrant has been executed and your computer seized I suggest you call  941 366 3506 24/7 or send me a confidential email to peterdaiken@gmail.com with contact information and view (by clicking) the “ABOUT” at the top of this page to see my 40 years experience and credentials. All Replies below are strictly confidential and never public.

Se habla espanol, llame 941-366-3506, o mande un correo electronico aolawc@gmail.com.

Call immediately for a free consultation…better safe than sorry.