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Wisconsin police begin Internet crime stings aimed at men of approximately thirty something years of age, who own a home and earn approximately $73,000 per year. The Internet stings create a trap baited with a fictitious young teenage girl who lures unsuspecting young men to a meeting. The stings may be entrapment or outrageous government conduct.
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Computer Crimes

Under Wisconsin law, computer crimes include both crimes committed against a person such as criminal harassment, and crimes committed against property such as identity theft, theft of money, or damage to a computer or computer system, as well as crimes committed on the Internet, at a financial institution such as bank, from an office, from a home, and through wireless computer connections. It is criminally illegal to intentionally annoy another person through Internet communications, to send unsolicited obscene e-mail, or to attempt to obtain another person's password. Computer crimes require intent, knowledge, and a lack of permission.

Wisconsin law enumerates several acts with a computer which would result in harm to another person or another person's property and are therefore illegal.

Computer Sex Crimes

Under Wisconsin law, it is illegal to possess child pornography. It is also illegal to publish or distribute child pornography. For more information about Wisconsin child pornography law, please refer to Computer Sex Crimes, Child Pornography.

Internet & Internet Sex Crimes

Wisconsin law prohibits Internet crimes such as fraud, auction fraud, and identity theft. Wisconsin has been very proactive in setting up stings to identify and arrest adults involved in soliciting minor children for the purpose of having sexual intercourse or sexual conduct with the minor child. [Internet Crimes] [Internet Enticement]

Unlawful Recordings

Several Wisconsin statutes prohibit unlawful publication or downloading of music, videos, or other recordings. [Illegal Music Downloads] [ Unlawful Recordings & Piracy]

E-mail Crimes - Spam Mail

Under Wisconsin statute 947.0125 - unlawful use of computerized communication systems - it is illegal to send mail containing obscene, profane, threatening, or harassing messages, pictures, words, signals, signs, sounds, data, or any means of intelligence of any nature.

If a person who sends, knowingly permits the sending of, or directs another person to send any type of message (including one or more e-mail messages) with an intent to harass, annoy or offend another person and with a reasonable expectation that the intended person will receive the message, whether or not the message is actually received, and whether or not he or she conceals his or her identity, is convicted of a computer crime for those actions, he is guilty of a Class B forfeiture.

If a message is sent with intent to frighten, intimidate, threaten, abuse, or harass another person, the convicted spammer is subject to the penalties of a Class B misdemeanor, whether or not the message is actually received, and whether or not the sender tries to conceal his or her identity. If the message contains obscene, lewd, or profane language, or suggests a lewd or lascivious act, a convicted message sender (instant message messenger) is subject to the penalties of a Class B misdemeanor.

Messages, email, and other acts may also constitute criminal harassment.

Bomb Threats - Bomb Scares

Under Wisconsin law (WI Statute 947.015), anyone who is convicted of making a bomb threat or causing the communication of a bomb threat to be made is guilty of a Class I felony. WI Statute 947.017 applies the same Class I felony penalties to anyone convicted of making a threat or causing a threat to be made to release chemical, biological, or radioactive substances. For that matter, the law applies equally to any type of toxic chemical.

White Collar Computer Crimes

Wisconsin law prohibits white collar crimes. White collar crimes are differentiated only in communications to mean nonviolent criminal activities, as opposed to violent crimes such as battery. Wisconsin law does not enumerate a separate set of crimes denoted as "white collar crimes". Crimes that fall under this category include embezzlement, fraud, false pretenses, and piracy. Wisconsin laws include:

Transfer of recorded sounds for unlawful use
Recording performance without consent of performance owner
Failure to disclose manufacturer of recording

Free Initial Consultation

If you are under investigation for an alleged crime committed with a computer or for a crime committed on the Internet, if you have already been charged with a computer crime, or if you have already been convicted but believe your conviction was wrong or your sentence was inappropriate or too harsh, please call ( or ) or e-mail the attorneys at Van Wagner & Wood right away. They will give you a free brief but professional "first-impression" analysis of your case and your situation, which will allow you to take an important first step in defending the case against you.