If you have been arrested in the Orlando area for theft of trade secret in violation of Title 18, Section 1832 of the USC, call the experienced attorneys of Finebloom & Haenel today!
Trade secret laws are in place inn order to protect business owners from having employees steal whatever it is that helps that business stay competitive. For example, the Colonel’s secret recipe is a trade secret that helps Kentucky Fried Chicken stay in business. It is a crime to steal that secret and give it to a competitor. The trade secret law states:
“Whoever, with intent to convert a trade secret, that is related to or included in a product that is produced for or placed in interstate or foreign commerce, to the economic benefit of anyone other than the owner thereof, and intending or knowing that the offense will, injure any owner of that trade secret, knowingly—
(1) steals, or without authorization appropriates, takes, carries away, or conceals, or by fraud, artifice, or deception obtains such information;
(2) without authorization copies, duplicates, sketches, draws, photographs, downloads, uploads, alters, destroys, photocopies, replicates, transmits, delivers, sends, mails, communicates, or conveys such information;
(3) receives, buys, or possesses such information, knowing the same to have been stolen or appropriated, obtained, or converted without authorization;
(4) attempts to commit any offense described in paragraphs (1) through (3); or
(5) conspires with one or more other persons to commit any offense described in paragraphs (1) through (3), and one or more of such persons do any act to effect the object of the conspiracy,
shall, except as provided in subsection (b), be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than 10 years, or both.”
This means if you steal the secret that gives the company a competitive edge and you take it for yourself or sell it to someone else, you are looking at 10 years in prison. This is a very long time! If you have been arrested and charged with theft of trade secret call the defense team of Finebloom & Haenel. Our attorneys have the knowledge and dedication needed to craft the best defense for you and your situation. We are available for consultation 24/7 by calling 407-218-6277.