Internet Crime and Cyberstalking Defense


Timothy C. Nies


Christian Van Riper

"We take our job defending your rights seriously..."

Van Riper & Nies Law is committed to hard work, open communication and  aggressive representation.

Christian Van Riper and Timothy Nies are trial attorneys.

Attorney Christian Van Riper, a resident of Stuart for most of his life, is a former prosecuting attorney for the State of Florida in the 19th Judicial Circuit, which includes both Martin and St. Lucie counties.

If you have been arrested for an internet or computer crime, it is important that you quickly consult with a criminal defense attorney to review your case and represent you before you speak to law enforcement. If charges have already been “filed” against you, the prosecutor will have already reviewed the evidence and decided to proceed with criminal charges. Our criminal defense attorney, Christian Van Riper, is a former prosecutor for the 19th Judicial Circuit, which includes both Martin and St. Lucie counties.

Internet or computer crime involve the use of the world wide web or computers to commit crimes against others, whether an individual or corporation. Such crimes typically involve theft of property through the use of the internet, obtaining stolen property through use of the internet, credit card fraud, computer hacking, destruction or alteration of computer files and systems, use of spam or malware, internet fraud, cyberstalking, child pornography and even drug and prescription pill trafficking crimes.

At Van Riper and Nies, our criminal defense trial attorneys aggressively defend our Stuart, Port St. Lucie and Fort Pierce clients charged with internet and computer crimes by investigating the charges quickly, reviewing the evidence against you and advising you on all possible defenses. We are known for leaving no stone unturned when representing our clients, whether in state or federal court.

For a free consultation, call our attorney Christian Van Riper at 772-283-8712, complete the contact form below or email Christian at christian@vanriperandnies.com.

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Under Florida Law, any person in this state who uses the Internet to sell or offer for sale any merchandise or other property that the person knows, or has reasonable cause to believe, is stolen commits:

(1) A misdemeanor of the second degree, punishable as provided in s. 775.082 or s. 775.083, if the value of the property is less than $300; or

(2) A felony of the third degree, punishable as provided in s. 775.082, s. 775.083, or s. 775.084, if the value of the property is $300 or more.

(1) Whoever willfully, knowingly, and without authorization:

(a) Accesses or causes to be accessed any computer, computer system, or computer network;

(b) Disrupts or denies or causes the denial of computer system services to an authorized user of such computer system services, which, in whole or part, is owned by, under contract to, or operated for, on behalf of, or in conjunction with another;

(c) Destroys, takes, injures, or damages equipment or supplies used or intended to be used in a computer, computer system, or computer network;

(d) Destroys, injures, or damages any computer, computer system, or computer network; or

(e) Introduces any computer contaminant into any computer, computer system, or computer network,

commits an offense against computer users.

(2)(a) Except as provided in paragraphs (b) and (c), whoever violates subsection (1) commits a felony of the third degree, punishable as provided in s. 775.082, s. 775.083, or s. 775.084.

(b) Whoever violates subsection (1) and:

1. Damages a computer, computer equipment, computer supplies, a computer system, or a computer network, and the monetary damage or loss incurred as a result of the violation is $5,000 or greater;

2. Commits the offense for the purpose of devising or executing any scheme or artifice to defraud or obtain property; or

3. Interrupts or impairs a governmental operation or public communication, transportation, or supply of water, gas, or other public service,

commits a felony of the second degree, punishable as provided in s. 775.082, s. 775.083, or s. 775.084.

(c) Whoever violates subsection (1) and the violation endangers human life commits a felony of the first degree, punishable as provided in s. 775.082, s. 775.083, or s. 775.084.

(3) Whoever willfully, knowingly, and without authorization modifies equipment or supplies used or intended to be used in a computer, computer system, or computer network commits a misdemeanor of the first degree, punishable as provided in s. 775.082 or s. 775.083.

(4)(a) In addition to any other civil remedy available, the owner or lessee of the computer, computer system, computer network, computer program, computer equipment, computer supplies, or computer data may bring a civil action against any person convicted under this section for compensatory damages.

(b) In any action brought under this subsection, the court may award reasonable attorney's fees to the prevailing party.

(5) Any computer, computer system, computer network, computer software, or computer data owned by a defendant which is used during the commission of any violation of this section or any computer owned by the defendant which is used as a repository for the storage of software or data obtained in violation of this section is subject to forfeiture as provided under ss. 932.701-932.704.

(6) This section does not apply to any person who accesses his or her employer's computer system, computer network, computer program, or computer data when acting within the scope of his or her lawful employment.

(7) For purposes of bringing a civil or criminal action under this section, a person who causes, by any means, the access to a computer, computer system, or computer network in one jurisdiction from another jurisdiction is deemed to have personally accessed the computer, computer system, or computer network in both jurisdictions.


Stuart criminal defense lawyer, Christian Van Riper, defends residents of Stuart, Port St. Lucie and Fort Pierce accused of committing computer crimes, including cyberstalking. Our Florida criminal defense attorneys represent clients charged with internet sex crimes as well as obtaining stolen property through use of the Internet.

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