Effective Advocacy for Persons Accused of Sexting
Sexting is the act of possessing or sending sexually explicit pictures of an underage individual to another person via cell phone, e-mail or other electronic means. Social networks — such as Facebook or MySpace — have provided another venue for this crime to grow in prominence. Whether you know the individuals or not, or whether you have any type of relationship with them, possession or transmission of images through sexting is a serious crime.
Sexting can occur in any number of situations. Perhaps a teenage girl was merely sending pictures for one person — their significant other — to see. Other times, a vengeful ex-boyfriend will use a sexually explicit image of his former girlfriend as revenge, distributing it to others via cell phone, MySpace, or the internet.
Sexting Is More Than a Youthful Mistake
As communication technology becomes more cutting-edge, and as our youth become more adept at using it, there is greater potential for the misuse of technology to harm young people. Texting is a common form of communication in this day and age. Information and pictures are relayed by teens from cell phone to cell phone. They consider what they send to be private, but private or not, possession or transmission of these images can be criminal.
At the law office of David A. Hill, Attorney at Law, in Eugene, Oregon, our job is to represent persons who find themselves in trouble without intending to commit a serious criminal act. Mr. Hill uses the best experts available in the communications community when defending against these serious charges.
What Seems Harmless to a Teen Is a Felony Crime to Prosecutors
Regardless of the age of the alleged offender, sexting is charged under child pornography statutes, which focus upon the distribution of child pornography for profit. These crimes are felonies that carry a presumptive prison sentence if a conviction is obtained, and also requires lifetime registration as a sex-offender.
With so much at stake, you need an experienced criminal defense trial lawyer with a thorough knowledge of the effective defenses that apply to these types of sex crimes.
For more information, or to schedule an appointment with Mr. Hill regarding charges related to sexting, please contact us.