Indiana Internet Sex Crimes Defense Lawyers
The Criminal Defense Team has seen a big uptick in clients accused of sex crimes related to the internet. These cases are defendable in a variety of ways. For example, what proof does the prosecutor have that your computer, smartphone, or device was used by you or that you were aware of the potentially illegal item? This can get very tricky for the prosecutor. Perhaps we need to hire an expert witness to debunk the state’s case.
There are many ways to defend this type of accusation. If you are charged with a sex crime that somehow involves the internet, we have the legal expertise and experience to determine the best course of action and the best strategy to defend you while fighting for you and your reputation.
What Is an Internet Sex Crime?
“Internet sex crimes” is a broad phrase that can be used to describe a wide range of different crimes. Many online sexual offenses involve some type of possession or distribution of child pornography or harmful content, but internet sex crimes can also encompass different forms of online solicitation. While the phrase is broad, so too is the list of potential penalties associated with these types of crimes.
Since the majority of internet sex crimes involve minors in some way, prosecutors will aggressively pursue cases involving internet sex crimes. That is why it is important to immediately consult with an experienced internet sex crimes defense attorney if you have been charged with an offense. The penalties for internet sex crimes can be significant, and an individual could end up having to register as a sex offender, an act that can stigmatize a person and haunt them for years to come.
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If you have been charged with an internet sex crime, the first thing that you want to know is which specific crime you are being charged with. Each type of crime comes with its own individual set of circumstances and avenues that can be used to pursue a strategic defense plan. Some of the most common types of internet sex crimes in Indiana include:
Child exploitation is a crime that involves an individual knowingly creating or sharing a picture, video, or other images that depict sexual conduct by anyone under the age of 18 years old. This act is meant to satisfy or arouse sexual desires.
Possession of child pornography, as defined by Indiana law, is when a person is found to have possession of sexually explicit content involving a minor under the age of 18 on an electronic device. This device may be a computer or a phone, and the material can be in the form of pictures or videos.
Possessing child pornography is one crime. However, selling or distributing sexually explicit content involving minors is another.
Dissemination of Pornography to Minors
Dissemination is the spread or distribution of sexually explicit content. When this type of content is knowingly or intentionally spread to a minor through the internet or a cell phone, as in sexting, the act can be considered an internet sex crime.
Soliciting is considered any form of coercion, command, request, or urging someone else to do something through electronic means either by phone, text, or using a computer network. The solicitation is typically sexual in nature and often occurs while trying to get a minor to meet in person with the individual doing the coercion. There are different levels of solicitation depending on the minor’s age and the age of the individual allegedly doing the soliciting.