Each state across the United States witnesses a prevalence of sex crimes. While the numbers in some states are lower than others, a person who has been arrested for any form of sex crimes should hire a Long Island sex crimes attorney to represent their interests in court.

While there are several sex crimes across the states in the nation, internet sex crimes may be the highest in many areas. When an individual is convicted of crimes involving interaction through the internet, such a person may have been involved in the illegal distribution of sex materials such as child pornography or in other cases, designing specific profiles to capture the interest of specific people.

While most people feeling safe at home, at work, or in their comfort zones cruising the internet, it is possible to let one’s guard down and in such cases, they may be pushed under the guise of anonymity to make some decisions which may compromise their lives, especially as they enjoy the false sense of not being watched and monitored. While not all internet crimes may be discovered, those that are maybe harshly penalized when such an individual is convicted of the crimes.

Accusations

Sex crimes in the modern world are greatly frowned upon by all and this has made it a socially unacceptable crime. Like most other criminal charges, a person that has been accused of sex crimes stands to lose a lot of things including their reputation, relationship with family and friends, loss of jobs, social damage beyond repair and other problems. While it takes just an accusation to get these negative effects rolling, this may also be all that is needed to get an investigation launched into such an individual, one that may lead to their eventual conviction in the alleged crimes.

Accusations, when it comes to sex crimes often lead to trials, leading people to lose faith in the accused person even if they have not been legally convicted of the alleged crimes. Some relationships have been reported to have failed, brands have dissociated themselves from persons who have merely been accused of a sex crime without being proven guilty. Allegations of sex crimes may also lead to ex-communication and ostracizing of accused persons as they are seen as a potential threat to the community they live in.

Sex Crimes as an Illegal Activity

While various acts are illegal even online, there are some that are considered more impacting than others. One of these online crimes that are regarded as a bigger threat is an internet sex crime committed through the use of the internet. Such crimes may include but are not limited to the use, possession, or distribution of child images. Also, such internet sex crimes may include the distribution of videos of child sex or one that suggests such, attempt to encourage a minor to interact in a sexual manner in a chatroom or forwarding provocative photos or videos to a minor. In most cases, persons who are arrested or convicted for requesting these explicit materials from a minor may face additional charges of possession of child pornography. The charges may oftentimes be complicated with state and federal charges.

Crimes of Child Pornography

Charges following internet sex crimes may be wide and aggravated in certain circumstances. In most cases, these charges are predicated on the collection and distribution of certain visual materials that depict minors in a sexual manner or media formats that have graphic images of sexual contact or nakedness of minors. A person may also be arrested for downloading and distributing these images across state lines. This may cause such charges to be complicated and upgraded to a federal level. Possession and distribution may be carried out in different ways, including distribution through routers, server exchanges, or even transportation through other conventional vehicles.

When a person has been arrested for these crimes, penalties are often very harsh and steep and in most cases, the extent of punishment may be determined based on the factors of the crime that has been committed. Some of the factors that may be placed into consideration include the depictions, age, number of media files (photos and videos), and other similar factors.

Online Inducement and Request

Making use of the internet to lure minors into committing the crime of sexual abuse is regarded as a second-degree crime in most states across the nation. For a person to be regarded as a minor, such a person must be under the legal age of consent set by each state. Most states set the bar at eighteen (18). When a child below the legal age of consent is involved in such a case as this, the prosecution counsel will be required to prove that the defendant (above the legal age of consent) had perpetrated the crime at a time when the plaintiff was under the age of 18 and that he or she has employed the use of the internet to solicit such materials and commit such a crime.

If convicted, such an offender may be sent to prison for at least five years and also made to submit their names to the sex offenders’ registration. A person that has been accused of such crimes as this must take extra steps to prove that there was no such intent behind the action.

Sex Offender Registration

Similar to most other sex crimes, a person who has been found guilty of internet sex crimes may be required by the state law to register their names under the sex offenders’ registry. Such a person will be required to register their names based on the stipulations of the state and in addition, required to submit various information that will serve as an identifier. The duration of registration, however, depends on the complexity of such cases and the state’s laws.

Megan’s Law

Megan’s Law is active in every state, although some states have adopted a variation of the law. The guidelines of the law may differ across states based on certain factors but the law itself stipulates guidelines on how sex offender’s information is permitted to be viewed by the public.

Some states have a sex offender’s database which is accessible to the entire public while in other states, there is a need for internet registration for eligibility. In addition, a notification may be sent to the community where a sex offender intends to live, in order to warn them and keep them updated.