Internet Sex Crimes Have Real-Life Consequences
Since it became a part of mainstream culture, the Internet has become a significant source of information and entertainment. Unfortunately, it has also become a common source of criminal activity. Sex crimes are prevalent on the Internet, and they may be more common than you think. In fact, you could find yourself facing an allegation of a sex crime.
These are among the common Internet sex crimes for which you can face charges.
Possession of Child Pornography
Child pornography involves any visual depiction of minors engaging in conduct considered sexually explicit or graphic. Pornography can come in the form of a video, photo, or even an image generated by a computer. Even possessing a single image of child pornography on your computer or in your phone could mean that you face criminal charges.
Distribution of Child Pornography
If you have large amounts of child pornography on a device, prosecutors may claim that you intended to distribute the images to others. Distribution is a more serious charge than child pornography possession, and you could also face additional charges for creating child pornography.
Exchanging Sexual Messages with a Minor
Sexting a minor is a big deal, and you can be charged with this crime in some locations even if you are also a minor. The charges can become more serious if you exchange photos with a minor, which could lead to allegations of possession of child pornography.
Extorting Somebody with Nude Images
In some cases, people have used social media to solicit nude images or to hack into somebody's personal files and then threaten to distribute the photos. They may blackmail the other party in the hopes of obtaining money or additional nude images. This can be a serious charge.
Soliciting a Minor for Sex Online
It is also a crime to solicit a minor for sex online, and you may face serious issues, like sex offender registration, if you set up a meeting for sex with a minor. Again, the charges can escalate if your own allegations include exchanging photos and pornography.
Hire a Sex Crimes Attorney to Manage Your Case
You should hire a sex crimes attorney any time you believe you may be facing allegations related to sexual conduct. Even if you are innocent, you should be represented by an attorney who understands sex crimes and the repercussions you could face in court if you are found guilty of the crime.
For more information, reach out to a sex crimes lawyer.