Internet Crimes Defense Attorneys

Law enforcement agencies across the country engage in online chats pretending to be underage girls or boys. Cops set up meetings for sex and make the arrest when the unsuspecting individual arrives for the meeting.

If you have been arrested for enticement of a child or online sexual solicitation of a minor , you are facing a very serious charge with serious penalties. You need to hire an experienced, credible trial attorney to analyze the prosecutor's case.

Internet Sex Crimes

For just about as long as the Internet has existed, it’s been used for sexual activity, including nefarious and illegal actions that could lead to serious consequences. The laws involving sexual activity online are constantly evolving and adapting, and cases continue to grow more complex. However, if you find yourself facing charges of an Internet sex crime, your future and your rights could be in jeopardy. A guilty verdict could subject you to serious penalties, which means you should not hesitate to speak with a Kansas City criminal defense lawyer about your charges as soon as possible.

The skilled team at SRC Law Group, LLC are highly-experienced and knowledgeable in the area of sex crimes, and keep up to date on the ever-changing world of Internet sex crimes and the laws that govern them.

Our continual dedication to the well-being of our clients have earned us a reputation for success and numerous industry accolades, including a 10.0 Superb rating from AVVO. We firmly believe everybody deserves the best legal representation they can get whenever facing a serious sex crime charge, and our philosophy is to tackle each case with the utmost preparation and willingness to fight for the rights of our clients.

A Wide Range Of Offenses

Internet sex crimes come in many different forms, which means the penalties can be as wide ranging as the crimes themselves. Some offenses are considered misdemeanors, which can lead to up to a year in jail, while others could be considered a felony, resulting in huge fines, long jail sentences, and even mandatory lifetime sex offender registration without eligibility for expungement if you are convicted.

Internet sex crimes can include:

  • Prostitution and solicitation
  • Distribution or viewing of child pornography
  • Meeting a minor for a lewd purpose
  • Indecent exposure
  • Child exploitation
  • Sending harmful material to a minor
  • Lewd conduct with a minor

Crimes that involve a minor (anyone under the age of 18) often carry much harsher sentences than those that do not have a minor involved. And perhaps the most difficult part, lack of knowledge about the age of a victim does not constitute a valid defense in most cases. Sending an illicit image of a subject who turns out to be younger than 18 or sending a legal file to someone who turns out to be under the age of 18 could both be charged as a sex crime. This shows just how simple it is to commit one of these actions, and how careful you should be if you choose to use the Internet for adult entertainment purposes.

When Can an Internet Search Lead to an Arrest?

With search engines such as Google or Bing, you can search practically anything you wish to know about online. However, certain searches and terms are monitored and may result in a police investigation.

The following are the most common internet search terms that can lead to an arrest:

  • Kiddie porn – Child pornography involving minors aged 17 and younger is highly illegal to view online. Even a search for child porn on the internet could result in being arrested for and charged with a crime since an active search for kiddie porn can indicate an intent to commit the crime of viewing or possessing child pornography. If you believe you are under investigation for child pornography or have been arrested and charged visit our child pornography defense page.
  • “Explosives” – Subjects related to terrorism, making explosives at home, or illegally modifying weapons can result in a criminal investigation. In 2013, a New York woman got a visit from law enforcement they discovered terror-related searches from their home’s computers. She looked for “pressure cookers,” her husband searched for “backpacks,” and her son read articles about homemade bombs from stories about the Boston Marathon terrorists.
  • “Download Media” – It is illegal to use torrent downloading to obtain legally copyrighted material such as music or movies. Although torrenting material that isn’t protected by copyright is lawful, downloading or sharing copyrighted material is a federal violation.
  • “Deep Web” – Also known as the dark web, it is considered the internet’s criminal underbelly, where you can find questionable materials. Whether you are searching to purchase illegal drugs or hire an assassin, even joking around can result in a police investigation.

Important Considerations for Your Cases

All of the following must be taken into consideration when assessing the facts of an Internet solicitation of a minor case:

  • Did the law enforcement officer purposely pick an age that would enhance the penalty for the charge?
  • Did the cop commit entrapment?
  • What was going on in the defendant's life at the time the alleged offense was charged?

Under Kansas Sentencing Guidelines, the penalties vary depending upon the age of the person solicited, even if the person turns out to be a law enforcement officer.

This includes:

  • If convicted of soliciting a minor 14 years of age or younger (a severity level 1 person felony in Kansas) you face a prison sentence of 147-653 months (12 - 54 years) in prison, depending upon your prior criminal history.
  • If convicted of soliciting a minor 16 years of age or younger (a severity level 3 person felony in Kansas) you face a prison sentence of 55-247 months (4 - 20 years) in prison, depending upon your prior criminal history.
  • If convicted of soliciting a minor 16 years of age or younger (a severity level 3 person felony in Kansas) you face a prison sentence of 55-247 months (4 - 20 years) in prison, depending upon your prior criminal history.

Online Solicitation of a Minor

The crime of online sexual solicitation is a serious felony offense. Anyone accused of or charged with this crime should seek legal representation. Our Kansas City criminal defense attorneys have over 25 years of experience, a solid record of success, and a strong dedication to investigating all the facts.

If you have been accused of online underage soliciting, start protecting your rights today. Contact SRC Law Group, LLC online today.

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