While the Internet has dramatically revolutionized the way people access information and ideas, it has also created an environment where people can be accused and charged with serious sex crimes by typing mere words onto a computer screen. Internet-based sex offenses such as the possession and distribution of child pornography or solicitation of a minor can result in federal and state criminal charges with staggering consequences for the accused. Even if no sexual contact is involved, engaging in online sexual discussions with a minor and/or manufacturing, downloading and sharing of pornographic images of children can lead to a criminal conviction that will change your life forever.
Most people who find themselves accused of an Internet sex crime have never been in trouble with the law before. In many situations these individuals make the mistake of speaking with law enforcement officials when they have no idea what the police may be looking for. When you are being questioned or investigated in connection with your online activities it is crucial to consult with an attorney before you say anything to the police. Even if you think you having nothing to hide, you need to be protected by a skilled Albany sex crimes attorney. Your lawyer will be very familiar with how state and federal authorities conduct these types of investigations and can make certain that you don’t say or do anything that will put your rights and freedoms in jeopardy.
Advances in technology have created a situation where you could be accused of an internet sex crime even though you never engaged in any type of illegal activity on your computer. For instance, your next door neighbor could be using your IP address to download child pornography. It is also possible that someone who lives with you or has visited your house may have used your laptop to solicit a minor over the Internet. You need to be very careful in these situations. Even if you have looked at Internet pornography involving adults before, you should never admit anything to the police until you have spoken with your attorney. Additionally, if the authorities ask you to voluntarily agree to a search of your home or your computer devices you should never consent unless your lawyer has advised you to do so.
It is important to understand that being charged with an Internet sex crime is a very grave matter. While you may think that a sex crime has to involve forcible rape or child sexual abuse, viewing child pornography over the Internet or soliciting a child online to engage in sexual activities are serious criminal offenses that carry harsh penalties. Both federal and state authorities are committed to prosecuting sexual offenders and uncovering online activities that exploit and victimize children.
Whether you have been accused of a federal or state crime, the legal team at The Law Office of James E. Tyner, PLLC can help. We have handled hundreds of Internet sex crime cases and will never judge you for the charges against you. Our attorneys will review every detail of your case and work with you to build the strongest defense possible. Contact us today to schedule your free consultation.