Internet Sex Crime Attorney in Minneapolis

Minneapolis Sex Crime Defense Lawyer

shutterstock_3354308[2]It is a whole new world since the advent of the internet. Today, people use the internet for work, research, study, playing games, watching TV and movies, and socializing. And of course, the proliferation of internet sex crime has grown to huge proportions as well. Specifically, internet sex crimes are being charged in growing numbers. Anyone charged with an internet sex crime faces not only fines and a prison sentence, but also a hostile environment in the courts and in society in general. A broad brush in the legal system can sweep the guilty and innocent alike together toward punishment. It is imperative to contact a Minneapolis criminal attorney as soon as possible if you have been charged with any internet sex crime. Our firm, Grostyan & Associates, PLC is very aggressive in defending clients who are facing charges of this type.

Types of Internet Sex Crimes

1. Child pornography can consist of simply viewing it, privately printing images, saving child pornography to data storage (such as discs and thumb drives), and storing images or digital videos in separate files on a hard drive. As you can see, it involves more than just sending such material to another person.

2. Online solicitation of a minor is another serious matter. Many people think that a predator just “chatting” online with a minor is lawful, and that only if they meet in person as a result is a crime involved. This is not true. Inappropriate conversation online is enough to constitute a crime, and if there is an attempt to meet the minor in person via the computer, additional charges can be forthcoming.

3. Disseminating material that is harmful to minors and/or obscene material is a crime. There is an inherent problem here due to what exactly constitutes “harmful” or “obscene”. It is a subjective issue, and therefore open to arbitraries in judgment. Suffice it to say that internet sex crimes in general are so abhorrent to society that it is not impossible that innocent people are charged and even convicted of these crimes.

4. Another area of internet sex crime deals with the online adult entertainment industry. This is a highly regulated business, not the least of which ensures that the people employed in the making of videos are of legal age. Likewise, online escort services walk a fine line and are also under heavy scrutiny. If they are guilty of employing underage actors, they could be found to be guilty of internet sex crimes through advertising.

Penalties

The penalties for internet sex crimes are severe. Usually they are investigated by the FBI and tried in federal court due to the fact that the internet obviously crosses state lines. In most cases, high fines and prison sentences of 5-20 years are common. A convicted offender can expect to be required to register as a sex offender. When this happens, your personal information as well as photo is available on an online database for anyone to see. The ramifications of this are widespread and will last a lifetime, affecting where you live, how you live, your job and your emotional well-being.

Defending Internet Sex Crime Charges

Sex crimes involving computers and the internet may sound somewhat simple but in fact are extremely complex cases. Computers can be susceptible to being influenced by factors outside a person’s own computer. If illegal material is found on someone’s computer, it can open the door to questions as to the identity and age of the person sending or receiving it. There can be pirating and viruses involved – even human error. A prosecutor must prove, for example, that the defendant knowingly distributed child pornography, or uncover how the material became stored on the hard drive. This opens the door to many possible defenses. It takes a great deal of skill to investigate accurately allegations of internet sex crimes.

If you are being investigated or have been charged with an Internet sex crime, contact a Minneapolis criminal attorney immediately. Do not let your life hang in the balance. It takes ruthless determination and skill to properly defend these allegations. Our firm, Grostyan & Associates, PLC, is dedicated to providing the most comprehensive, detailed investigation, assessment and defense possible.

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