Los Angeles Internet Sex Crimes Lawyer
Even though it feels as if you are anonymous when you go online, you really aren’t. In fact, just the opposite is true, especially when it comes to any Internet surfing you do that hints at the possibility that you might be engaging in an Internet sex crime, whether you are aware that you are committing a crime or not. In the wake of the enactment of aggressive California and federal laws to try to halt the consumption and distribution of child pornography, many people are being caught up in the wide net that has been cast to catch true criminals involved in Internet sex crimes.
Every year, thousands of Californians are being accused of, and often charged with, Internet sex crimes through sometimes illegal sting operations that various police departments throughout the state engage in. Often times those being apprehended for an Internet sex crime aren’t even aware that their Internet activity is a crime. Under the impression that what they do in the privacy of their own home or on their own computer is safe, these unsuspecting Internet users find themselves in court trying to avoid the severe penalties that the conviction of an Internet sex crime can bring.
Types of Internet Sex Crimes per California Law
Besides consumption and distribution of child pornography, other sex crimes that fall under the category of Internet sex crimes include crimes that involve solicitation for prostitution and the exploitation of a minor. Using the Internet to contact and/or arrange a meeting with someone under the age of 18 for the purpose of a sexual encounter or engaging the services of a prostitute can result in a misdemeanor or felony charge against you per California law, with penalties that may include prison time, fines, and registration as a sex offender.
Consequently, care should be taken concerning what you choose to view online and who you chose to communicate with. The ease with which information and images can now be transmitted over the Internet has created an environment where innocently opening an attachment you receive in an email that contains child pornography can result in harsh consequences. Even if you delete the attachment or content from your computer, a trail remains on the hard drive of your computer that could incriminate you should an investigation ensue.
Commonly Prosecuted Internet Sex Crime Offenses
Some of the most often prosecuted Internet sex crimes include the following.
- Production, possession and/or distribution of child pornography.
- Solicitation of a minor for sex in a chat room.
- Attempted contact for the purpose of sex with a minor.
- Web cam offenses.
- Endangerment of a child’s welfare.
With any arrest or allegation of a crime come stress, confusion and anxiety. An investigation into your Internet activity can be doubly stressful as it is such a personal invasion of your privacy. If you are charged with an Internet sex crime or are under investigation for committing the crime, you need to seek advice from a California criminal defense lawyer who will be compassionate concerning your dilemma.
You Need and Experience California Defense Attorney to Represent You if Charged with a Child Pornography Crime
Having handled multiple cases of Internet sex crime allegations, R.J. Manuelian has developed the compassion you want and can offer you the guidance you want to deal with a charge of an Internet sex crime. Experienced in both state and federal criminal defense of Internet sex crimes, R.J. invites you to contact him if you need legal assistance with any type of criminal defense matter.