Internet Sex Crimes and Child Pornography

Internet Sex Crimes and Child Pornography

Clearwater Attorneys Help You Fight Charges of Internet Sex Crimes and Child Pornography

Internet Sex Crimes in Clearwater & St. Petersburg

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These charges are serious, so work with us today

The criminal justice system takes all types of sex crimes seriously, especially those that allegedly involve children or the exploitation of people online. If you’ve been accused of one of these offenses, you need a skilled criminal defense lawyer who fights for your rights in and out of the courtroom. In these situations, don’t wait to call on Clearwater’s Bauer Crider & Parry, a trusted law firm that has served people throughout the Tampa area since 1989. Our attorneys have more than 130 years of combined experience with some of the toughest and most complex criminal cases in Florida.

Florida laws related to Internet sex crimes

When it comes to Internet-related sexual crimes, the state of Florida is particularly tough, with a number of laws passed recently related to the prosecution of and penalties for individuals convicted of these crimes. The most common types of Internet sex crimes are:

  • Possession/distribution of child pornography
  • Child exploitation
  • Solicitation of a minor
  • Luring minors in chat rooms or on social media
  • Obscenity
  • Sexual assault

The validity of the evidence in your case depends on the actions and methods used by law enforcement officers, which are open to challenges from your defense attorney. The investigating officer may have used entrapment to collect evidence, or another person could have used your computer and placed images or videos on it — or tried to solicit a minor using your login information.

Child pornography and the penalties involved

Child pornography is any image or video of a person under the age of 18 depicting nudity, sexual acts or sexually suggestive poses. Many people accused of child pornography possession, however, have no idea that the images are of minors, but find themselves faced with serious felony charges as a result.

The penalties for child pornography convictions are steep. To start, a convicted individual is automatically considered a sex offender who must register for the Florida Department of Law Enforcement database. As part of this, you will need to update your residence with the state at least every six months. In addition, there are mandatory prison sentences in place for all sex-related offenses, and all convicted people are placed on sex offender probation for a certain amount of time. You may also be subject to civil commitment in which you’ll be required to undergo treatment at a state-mandated facility, even after you’ve served your prison sentence.

Don’t wait to speak with an experienced lawyer in the St. Petersburg area

If you’ve been accused of an Internet sex crime or a child pornography-related crime, work with the knowledgeable attorneys at Bauer Crider & Parry right away. We have years of experience with all types of criminal issues, and we serve individuals throughout the Clearwater, Tampa and St. Petersburg areas. Call us at [ln::phone] or contact us online for a free initial consultation.