Baltimore, MD asked in Immigration Law, Federal Crimes and Communications Law for New Jersey

Q: Would this be considered a crime? I recently signed into my college wi-fi using my own credentials to redirect traffic.

Would this be considered a crime? I recently signed into my college wi-fi using my own credentials to redirect internet traffic through my laptop.

This enabled me to view both student and professor login credentials

Three days laterr, I was questioned by the school police, arrested and currently awaiting trial for unauthorized access to computer and obtained passwords.

Does this qualify for cybercrime and am I going to jail? How many years am I doing?Jeopardize my immigration status? Expelled from school?

I am a computer science student and had no intentions of using them for anything. My lowest grade is a B+ and a 3.6 GPA. Been accused of changing my grades. I am a legal permanent resident of NJ.

I did this out of sheer stupidity and a blinded driven motivation to explore.

2 Lawyer Answers
James A. Abate
James A. Abate
Answered
  • Somerville, NJ
  • Licensed in New Jersey

A: A great deal more information is needed and you should have an in person consultation to go over all of those questions. If you have been charged, then obviously it is being considered a crime. Could it affect your immigration status, yes absolutely. But I am confused about your facing trial. If that is the case, you obviously have a lawyer. Why are you not having this discussion with him or her. If your answer is that have the PD, you should think about getting private counsel. Yes it it will cost you, but loosing your education, ability to remain in the USA and going to jail, seems like something you need to have private counsel on.

H. Scott Aalsberg Esq.
H. Scott Aalsberg Esq.
Answered
  • Communications & Internet Law Lawyer
  • East Brunswick, NJ
  • Licensed in New Jersey

A: Guess you're conduct amounts to a crime in New Jersey. Depending on the exact conduct it may also be a federal crime. As an immigration lawyer and a criminal lawyer I can tell you that you are facing bad repercussions on both ends. If you don't have a good criminal lawyer now, who knows immigration you better get yourself one immediately. The more time your attorney has to work on the case but better the results you will get so don't delay and hire one.

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