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Trade Secret Theft Charges in Miami

Penalties for Criminal Corporate Espionage

Under the terms of the Economic Espionage Act of 1996, the theft of trade secrets may be charged as a felony criminal offense. The statute that most commonly applies in federal criminal prosecutions for trade secret theft in Miami is 18 U.S.C. §1832, a law that criminalizes stealing trade secrets for commercial or economic purposes.

A conviction for this white collar crime is punishable by up to 10 years in prison for an individual and as much as $5 million in fines for an organization. If you have been charged with trade secret theft, or are under investigation for an alleged offense, you need an experienced Miami federal crime lawyer on your side fighting to defend you.

About Trade Secret Theft

Trade secret theft, also commonly referred to as industrial espionage, can occur in a variety of different ways, but the underlying offense is the conversion of a trade secret to the benefit of anyone other than the rightful owner of the proprietary information or technology. It is charged as a federal crime in cases where the product or service is used in or intended for interstate or foreign commerce. Another element of the offense is that the perpetrator knows that the offense will cause some type of injury or loss to the owner of the trade secret.

Examples of Trade Secret Theft

Theft can be perpetrated by stealing, misappropriating, or carrying away documents, by using fraud, artifice or deception to obtain the information, by copying or duplicating plans or diagrams, and even by receiving, buying or possessing the information when you know that it has been stolen. You may also be charged with an offense for attempting to do any of the above, as well as if you are accused of conspiring to commit an offense and at least one of the members of the conspiracy takes overt action to carry out the plan.

Miami Federal Crime Lawyer for Trade Secret Theft Cases

Come to Joel DeFabio, PA if you have learned that you are under suspicion for trade secret theft and want a Miami federal crime lawyer who has more than 35 years of experience. We have a proven track record of success in fighting federal criminal charges, and we are ready to fight to defend your freedom and your future. A conviction for this offense could not only subject you to harsh criminal penalties, but could also ruin your reputation and destroy your career.

Let us help you navigate the legal process and find your way out of the criminal justice system as quickly as possible.

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