“Sexting” is the transmission of sexually explicit text messages or photos via cell phone. Many people believe sexting isn’t a crime. However, in today’s digital age, sexting charges are becoming more and more common. This is mostly a result of efforts to protect minors, as well as concerns about safety and privacy. If you’re charged with a sexting-related crime, you need sound legal advice quickly. Although sexting is a relatively recent development in the sex crime arena, cutting edge law firms like Garces, Grabler & LeBrocq are prepared to help your defense.
Why is Sexting Against the Law?
You may feel the sexting you were involved in was consensual. Unfortunately, sexting is a complicated issue, especially when minors are involved. Sexting can also be a form of bullying or harassment. Let’s try to break it down. Sexting can lead to unfortunate — and dangerous — situations. Just a few examples include:
• Child porn charges. If the subject matter of a sext is a minor, the recipient of the sext can be charged with possession of child pornography, even if both parties consented.
• Juvenile intervention programs. Minors engaging in sexting can avoid legal consequences, but must attend educational programs about the dangers and laws surrounding sexting.
• Bullying. Recently, many students bully other students by distributing sexts through group or mass texts.
• Stalking/harassment. If a sext falls into the wrong hands, like that of sexual predator, a victim can be placed into extreme danger.
• Hackers. As newer technologies emerge, hackers can access the contents of people’s phones and use private photos and messages for nefarious reasons or blackmail. Even celebrities and politicians have fallen victim to sexts falling into the wrong hands.
No matter how safe you think are, you simply don’t know. This is why it’s imperative to seek legal advice immediately if hit with sexting charges. You may face the following penalties for sexting:
• Fines up to $1,000
• Mandatory counseling (especially for minors)
• Potential jail time
• Driving privilege restriction (for minors)
Depending on circumstances, punishment can be more severe. If the sexting crime involves child pornography, charges will likely elevate to felony and the fines and jail time will greatly increase — as well as mandatory listing on the sex offender registry. Experienced, discreet, and aggressive legal representation for your case is crucial. Our law firm will work with you on a legal strategy designed to keep you off the sex offender list. Our goal is to get your charges reduced as much as possible or even dismissed, if possible.
Legal Assistance with Sexting Crimes
Sexting laws are becoming more common and more complex. If you or your child is facing sexting charges, you need knowledgeable, non-judgmental representation. Speak to one of our attorneys at Garces, Grabler & LeBrocq today to get started on your case. Call us toll free at 800.923.3456 or contact us online.