A friend of mine overheard the password of someone's email account and logged into their email. My friend only looked through the person's emails. They did not send, download, or share any of the information. This person did this 3-4 times. At the time, my friend was a minor.
Unauthorized access of a computer system, for starters.
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Unauthorized access to an email account can be a violation of both state and federal law. Under state law, a juvenile can be charged as a delinquent. If found guilty, they can be sentenced to the custody of the state until they are 18. A lot of factors go into this such as the age of the minor, the facts of the case, the person's prior record, etc. It is also possible that the court can order the sentence to go beyond age 18 but that is unlikely based on the facts of this crime. If the person is over 17, then the person may be more likely to be charged as an adult.
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