Internet Sex Crimes Defense Attorney in NYC
Using the internet can sometimes be a very tricky thing. It may happen that you mistakenly clicked a child pornography link, that results into a serious sex crime. In another case, someone could use your system to download pictures of children engaging in sexual activity, and the person that gets the blame will be you. Such offenses may include but are not limited to allegations of child pornography possession and distribution, obscene material possession, on-line solicitations, or importuning, and disseminating harmful matter to a minor.
Internet Sex Crime Penalties
If you are charged with an internet sex crime, you could face extensive fines, imprisonment for many years, and sex offender registration. Sex offender registration will follow you for many years if not the rest of your life, and can prevent you from obtaining housing, employment, and other benefits that are detrimental to your life. In this Rolling Stone article New York criminal defense attorney Paul Petrus comments on the possibility of former congressman Anthony Weiner going to jail for sexting a 15-year-old girl.
Internet criminal charges are often made by the federal government, not the states. Federal criminal defense is significantly different from state defense, and requires different strategies and considerations.
Statistics about Online Sexual Solicitations
The worldwide pornography revenue in 2006 was $97.06 billion. Of that, approximately $13 billion was in the United States. Every second, approximately $3,075.64 is being spent on pornography. 28,258 Internet viewers are viewing pornography, 372 Internet users are typing adult search terms into search engines, and every 39 minutes, a new pornographic video is made in the United States. 77% of the targets for online predators were age 14 or older. Another 22% were users ages 10 to 13. Approximately 25% of children who encountered a sexual approach or solicitation told a parent or adult, for various reasons specific to individual situations.
About 2,500 people are arrested each year for internet sex crimes against minors. 25 percent of these arrests involve undercover officers, not victims. Sex crimes against children have dropped dramatically in the last decade. An online national sex-offender registry was launched in July, and recent research shows doctors can better predict which offenders may strike again.
Internet Sex Crime Defense
Sex crimes are taken very seriously in New York, and the penalties are quite harsh. So, if you find yourself in trouble for an internet sex crime and are facing charges, it is always recommended that you contact an aggressive and experienced Manhattan sex crime attorney for a personal consultation. A New York City sex crime attorney will not only protect your rights, but will also advise you of the options available to you, and will also be able to take steps that will result in a lesser charge or a dismissal of your case altogether.
Contact a New York City Sex Crime Attorney
When your reputation, your job and your livelihood are on the line, the law office of Paul D. Petrus Jr. & Associates, can assist in investigating and preparing your case. Paul and his associates can work with the appropriate experts to maximize your ability to obtain a successful resolution of your case.