Internet chat rooms and commercial websites such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and other dating websites can be great places to meet interesting people and make new friends. But these virtual sites can also be great places to meet the state and federal law enforcement officers who are looking for people willing to have sexual chat with fictitious teens.
A sex crime charge can dramatically change and impact all aspects of your life. It can affect your family, career, and future. This is precisely why you need an experienced Central Valley sex crime defense attorney who specializes in handling sex crime charges to protect your legal rights.
Common Types of Sex Crime Charges
Below are some common charges associated with sex crimes:
- Engaging in/soliciting prostitution
- Statutory rape
- Sexual pornography
- Engaging in/soliciting lewd conduct in public
- Failing to register
- Lewd acts with a child
The majority of these charges is considered felony offenses and accompanies jail time and serious consequences for your future. If you or a loved one has been charged with any of these, you need to have the right strategy for your defense in court.
Internet Sex Crimes Against Children Under California Law
Child Pornography is defined under California Penal Code Section 311. It is a sex crime offense to employ or use a minor for the purposes of producing or distributing materials depicting minors engaged in sexual activity.
California law also makes it a felony offense to possess “child” pornography even if one minor sends or receives a sexually explicit text image or video of themselves to another minor, commonly referred to as “sexting.”
In order to be convicted under this statute, the prosecutor must prove that you:
– Produced, possessed, or distributed pornographic materials, AND
– You knew or should have known that the persons depicted were minors under the age of 18.
An unsuspecting minor may be charged for this type of crime due to the minor’s inability to understand what they were doing is wrong and dangerous.
Call an Experienced Central Valley Sex Crime Defense Attorney
If you or someone that you care about has been arrested or charged with a sex crime that you did not commit, it is important that you immediately hire an experienced criminal defense attorney to avoid a criminal conviction.