Internet Sex Crimes
The Internet has provided a new avenue for state and federal governments to prosecute sex crimes. Even if you accidentally happened upon a child pornography site on the Internet or unintentionally viewed an improper image on your computer screen, you could be charged with possession of child pornography, even if you immediately deleted the image. If you arrange to meet someone who portrays him or herself as a minor in a chat room or instant-message conversation, you could be charged with solicitation of a minor or attempted child rape.
In 2003, Congress passed the PROTECT Act, which provides very strict penalties for child pornography. Possession of child pornography can result in a mandatory five-year prison sentence. If you trade or post pornographic pictures of children you can face a mandatory 10-year prison sentence. If you take a picture of a minor without his or her clothes on, you could be charged with creation or manufacturing of child pornography and you will face a possible 15-year prison sentence.
There are defenses in Internet sex crimes. In a child porn case, we can challenge the search and seizure of your computer. If the police did not obtain a proper search warrant, any images obtained from your computer can be suppressed. We can also challenge forensic evidence obtained from your computer by hiring experts of our own to determine if you actually opened the files or transmitted the pictures. If you were arrested based on a sting operation (like those commonly portrayed on Dateline and other news programs) in a chat room or on-line forum, entrapment is a common and effective defense.
The Law Office of Erin Bradley McAleer will fight to ensure that you achieve the best possible outcome in your court case. Call attorney Erin Bradley McAleer today at (360) 334-6277 to schedule a free, confidential consultation.
Washington Attorney Erin Bradley McAleer represents clients throughout Southwest Washington State, including in Clark County, Cowlitz County, and Skamania County and Vancouver, Battle Ground, Camas, La Center, Ridgefield, Washougal, Woodland, Yacolt, Castle Rock, Kalama, Kelso, Longview, North Bonneville, and Stevenson. Attorney Erin Bradley McAleer focuses on the areas of Criminal Defense, Traffic Infractions, Landlord Tenant, Personal Injury, Firearm Rights Restoration, and Post-Conviction Relief (Vacating & Sealing Criminal Records).