You never know who you’re talking to when you “chat” with strangers online. You may have thought you were making arrangements to meet with a massage therapist or flirting with a teenage girl. But in fact, you were conversing with a police investigator who specializes in snagging Internet users who solicit minors for sex.
If you have been named, targeted, investigated and/or arrested in an Internet sting operation, welcome to the Brave New World of criminal defense for online activities. Web sites such as Craigslist and chat rooms have been a boon for law enforcement who seek to put a stop to illegal activities online. Investigators take seriously their job to interfere with supply and demand at work, and to protect minors who are often exploited through such activities as prostitution recruitment.
The one single best thing you can do for yourself now is to not talk to investigators or try to explain yourself out of the problem. How you respond to the accusation may seriously worsen your legal position. You need to have a skilled defense attorney who knows the process, knows the ropes and will speak on your behalf with full understanding of probable consequences of any statements.
You may have been lulled into believing that your cyberspace activities were anonymous. You may have made an error of judgment — or you may have been framed when someone else used your computer for illegal activities. Now you are charged with crimes such as solicitation of a minor and/or possession of child pornography.
As in all criminal defense matters, your Internet sting operation criminal defense will be very fact specific. The precise outcome of your case cannot be determined ahead of time. However, entrusting your defense to an experienced defense lawyer will maximize your chances of a good result such as the following:
A sex crime conviction resulting from an Internet sting operation may impact the rest of your life. Taking action with the help of The Law Office of James E. Tyner, PLLC can help give you a strong chance at a favorable outcome. To schedule a free consultation with a federal child pornography defense lawyer at our Albany, Schenectady, or New York City law office, call 866-642-3807 or email him directly.