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 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.
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.