Fauquier and Warrenton Internet Sex Crimes Lawyer
One of the most common uses of the Internet has been for pornography. There are many temptations on the Internet, and many relating to sex.
Cases involving children are prosecuted aggressively. Traps are set by police pretending to be others creating or sharing pornography. You may succumb to this ploy. If a warrant is issued and illegal photos are found on your computer hard drive, you could be prosecuted. There are defenses, however. It can be hard to prove that you didn't accidentally click on a link that automatically placed items on your computer, or that a virus did so. It can be hard to prove that it was you, yourself who used a computer to which others may have had access.
Online Solicitation of a Minor
A majority of Americans use the Internet to some degree and this includes minors. Online users interact in a wide variety of ways, from chat rooms, to blogs, to e-mail. Police hunt predators by pretending to be a minor open to sex. Depending on the interaction, you could be accused of soliciting sex and prosecuted.
Electronic and digital devices and uses continue to be developed. Phones can now perform many functions of a computer. "Sexting" is sending pornographic pictures to or from a phone. Possession of photos of minors is just as illegal as on a computer.
Unlike any other crime, conviction of certain sex offenses mandates the life-long consequence of registration on a sex offender registry. The public will have knowledge of your conviction, leading to embarrassment, ostracism and potentially other concrete problems such as finding housing and employment.
Contact a law firm with over 20 years experience, dedicated to clients facing charges.
Whether you have been accused or charged with solicitation of a minor, child pornography distribution, child pornography possession or other Internet sex crime, we can help.
For more information about your legal concerns and options, speak with an experienced Virginia trial lawyer. Located behind the courts in Warrenton, our office is open during weekly business hours. We also offer evening and weekend hours by appointment. Credit cards are accepted and we offer free initial consultations for criminal law and personal injury cases. Contact us today for more information about your case.