Anaheim Internet Sex Crime Lawyer

Protect Your Reputation from Online Sex Crime Charges

The internet is growing in popularity as a medium to commit crimes against children. Children and teens are often the target of something called internet or computer sex crimes that fall into a variety of different subcategories. This might include soliciting a minor over the internet for the purpose of sexual contact or sexual pictures, downloading and distributing child pornography or even stalking minors for the purpose of finding them and sexually exploiting them.

This crime, like all other types of sex crimes, is incredibly serious. Unlike some other sex offenses, those against children are often handled with particular severity. If you have been accused of committing a sex crime against a child, please do not hesitate to contact an Anaheim criminal defense lawyer at The Law Office of Barney B. Gibbs. We have over 30 years of experience dealing with cases such as this and can provide you with the strong defense that you need.

Cyberstalking

Cyberstalking is one type of internet sex crime. The term was coined to describe activity over the internet that involves a predator stalking or targeting a certain individual for the purpose of harassment or solicitation for sex. This type of behavior is illegal according to California Penal Code 646.9. It states that anyone who has willfully, maliciously and repeatedly followed or harassed another person is guilty of stalking. However, it must also be proven that they made a credible threat against that person and/or their family that caused them to fear for their safety. If convicted of this offense, you could be sentenced to county jail for up to one year and ordered to pay $1,000 in fines.

Child Pornography

One of the most serious types of internet sex crimes is the possession, manufacture or distribution of child pornography. It is illegal to possess, manufacture or otherwise promote sexually explicit images of someone under the age of 18. Child pornography is outlawed in California Penal Code § 311.3, as well as § 311.11, and is also a federal offense. The penal code has laws regarding the possession, advertisement, development and even employment of minors for child pornography. When speaking of internet sex crimes, the allegation typically involves downloading child pornography. The penalties for various child pornography offenses will depend on the severity of the charge.

Penalties for a misdemeanor child pornography offense include:

  • Up to one year in county jail
  • Up to $2,500 in fines
  • Lifelong sex offender registration

Penalties for a felony child pornography offense include:

  • 16 months to eight years in state prison
  • Up to $100,000 in fines
  • Lifelong sex offender registration

Chat Room / Online Solicitation

Another type of computer sex crime is chat room solicitation. The laws against this type of crime are detailed in the same section of the California Penal Code as cyberstalking. In fact, chat room sex offenses may also be grouped into the category of cyberstalking. This type of illegal activity could include unwanted instant messages containing sexually explicit material or "sexts" which typically involves sending naked pictures. Online solicitation is a serious criminal offense in the state of California. Not to mention, you could be charged with a federal offense if you travel to another state, visit the U.S. or travel internationally in order to engage in illicit sexual activity with a minor.

Why choose The Law Office of Barney B. Gibbs for your defense?

You have been arrested for an internet sex crime, but that does not necessarily mean that you are guilty. As an Anaheim criminal defense attorney, Mr. Gibbs understands that you have the right to strong legal counsel, and that is what he is prepared to offer his clients. The penalties for internet sex crimes are often of the felony category and can result in heavy fines, imprisonment and lifetime sex offender registration. To learn more about how this firm could assist in your defense, please call and speak with a sex crime lawyer from our firm today in a free initial consultation.