The popularity of the Internet has allowed people to reconnect with family and friends, as well as others with similar interests. Unfortunately, some individuals use the Internet for child pornography or to solicit minors. In keeping with society’s desire to protect children, prosecutors zealously pursue anyone who has been charged with online sex crimes. In addition to Texas officials, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) can also become involved if the crime is deemed to have crossed state lines. When facing this type of charge, it is imperative to contact a knowledgeable Internet sex crimes attorney immediately.
Internet sex crimes are defined as any of the following activities:
If convicted, those who are found guilty of Internet sex crimes face serious punishment. Punishments include imprisonment of up to 20 years and fines up to $10,000. A convicted individual may also be required to live in a halfway house, register as a sex offender and undergo mandatory counseling for mental disorders. While prison and fines are harsh, the requirement to register as a sex offender may be even more damaging because a convict’s status follows him everywhere, no matter where he moves after serving a sentence. In addition, data regarding sex offenders is public domain and can make finding a residence or employment almost impossible.
The most important thing to do when faced with a cyber-sex charge is to find a qualified attorney. It is imperative that all contact with the authorities takes place with an attorney present, in order to protect the rights of the accused. An Internet sex crimes attorney will make sure that all of the evidence in the case was lawfully seized. Also, it is not enough for the prosecution to show that an image was on a device; prosecutors must also indicate that there was deliberate intent to save the image on the computer’s hard drive.
It is vital to find a lawyer who will fight for the rights of the defendant, despite the nature of the charges. Rand Mintzer is an qualified Texas criminal attorney who has experience in defending individuals who are charged with Internet sex crimes. Talk to attorney Rand Mintzer today at 713-862-8880 to schedule a free legal consultation.