Skip to main content
Find a Lawyer
Please enter a legal issue and/or a location
Begin typing to search, use arrow keys to navigate, use enter to select

Georgia Computer Crimes Laws

While computers are becoming a vital accessory to a growing number of crimes, states classify certain offenses as "computer crimes" or "cyber crimes." Such offenses include trafficking in computer passwords, unauthorized access of confidential files, and the unauthorized modification or destruction of data. Georgia computer crime laws also allow victims to file civil lawsuits for the offense.

The Georgia Computer Systems Protection Act (Georgia Code section 16-9-91) identifies the following specific types of computer crime:

  1. Computer Theft - Using a computer or network without authority and with the purpose of taking another's property.
  2. Computer Trespass - Using a computer or network without authority to delete, alter, or otherwise interfere with a computer program or computer data.
  3. Computer Invasion of Privacy - Using a computer or network to examine financial or personal data relating to another person without authority to do so.
  4. Computer Forgery - Creating, altering, or deleting data in a fraudulant manner.
  5. Computer Password Disclosure - Disclosing a code or password to a computer or network without authority.

Criminal penalties for computer theft, trespass, invasion of privacy, or forgery include up to $50,000 in fines and/or up to 15 years in prison. Anyone convicted of computer password disclosure may be fined up to $5,000 and/or incarcerated for up to one year.

The crime of identify theft, while typically aided through the use of computers and the Internet, is not technically a computer crime (in fact, identity thieves often rummage through peoples' garbage for data). To learn more about identity theft, see Georgia Identity Theft Laws.

Learn more about Georgia computer crime laws in the following table. See FindLaw's Cyber Crimes section for related articles and resources.

Code Section 16-9-91, et seq. Note: Section does not specifically classify crimes listed as either felony or misdemeanor. Offenses listed in misdemeanor or felony columns are based on the levels of punishments imposed rather than by explicit classification.
Mental State Required for Prosecution Knowingly, intentionally
Misdemeanor Computer Crimes Traffic in passwords
Felony Computer Crimes Computer theft, trespass (including modify, destroy, interfere with use), invasion of privacy, forgery
Attempt Considered a Crime? No
Civil Lawsuit Permitted? Yes

Note: State laws are constantly changing -- contact a Georgia criminal defense attorney or conduct your own legal research to verify the state law(s) you are researching.

Research the Law

Georgia Computer Crime Laws: Related Resources

Facing Computer Crime Charges? An Attorney Can Help

Computer crime cases are very complex and typically require a significant degree of technical sleuthing to successfully prosecute. Likewise, it's often in your best interests to get professional legal help with such cases. Learn more about your case and your legal options from an experienced Georgia criminal defense attorney.

Was this helpful?

You Don’t Have To Solve This on Your Own – Get a Lawyer’s Help

Meeting with a lawyer can help you understand your options and how to best protect your rights. Visit our attorney directory to find a lawyer near you who can help.

Or contact an attorney near you:

Next Steps: Search for a Local Attorney

Contact a qualified attorney.

Begin typing to search, use arrow keys to navigate, use enter to select

Can I Solve This on My Own or Do I Need an Attorney?

  • Complex criminal defense situations usually require a lawyer
  • Defense attorneys can help protect your rights
  • A lawyer can seek to reduce or eliminate criminal penalties

Get tailored advice and ask your legal questions. Many Georgia attorneys offer free consultations.


 If you need an attorney, find one right now.

Copied to clipboard

Find a Lawyer

More Options