Internet and Computer Sex Crimes Defense

Internet & Computer Sex Crimes

Oakland Sex Crimes Defense Lawyers

Technology has enabled sex crimes to occur online. Individuals can search the web for child pornography, arrange for an escort service, or agree to meet a minor for sex. As such, California law enforcement officials and federal agents often set up undercover sting operations to catch individuals who are using the Internet to engage in illegal sexual activity.

If you have been arrested and charged with an Internet sex crime, your entire future and reputation are at stake. You will need an experienced and skilled Oakland sex crimes defense lawyer on your side to build a proven and formidable defense against these serious allegations. Without aggressive legal representation, you could find yourself behind bars and be required to register as a sex offender for the remainder of your life.

There may be hope—award-winning Attorney Nabiel C. Ahmed has successfully defended hundreds of individuals, winning acquittals, dismissals, and reduced penalties, including for those accused of sex crimes. You need a lawyer who knows how to protect the rights of those accused of sex crimes. Speak with the Law Office of Nabiel C. Ahmed today. We proudly help clients in Oakland, Berkeley, Richmond, Concord, and the surrounding areas!

Computer Sex Crimes in California

There are a variety of sex crimes that can occur on the Internet, and your future and your freedom depend largely on the charges that are filed against you and the age of the alleged victim at the time of the incident. Part of fighting these charges is delicately (but clearly) addressing the weaknesses in a sympathetic witness’ case—a skill our firm has developed and perfected over thousands of defense cases.

In general, sex crimes that involve minors are treated more harshly and result in stronger penalties.

  • Internet Solicitation of a Minor for Sex
  • Lewd and Lascivious Conduct with a Minor
  • Distribution of Child Pornography
  • Possession of Child Pornography
  • Arranging to Meet a Minor for a Lewd Purpose
  • Harmful Matter Sent to Seduce a Minor
  • Child Exploitation
  • Child Molestation
  • Solicitation of a Prostitute

Internet Luring of Children

Prosecutors and law enforcement agents do not look favorably on individuals who are accused of being online sexual predators. Using the Internet to lure children for sexual purposes is against California Penal Code 288.4 and prosecuted harshly. Also known as "arranging to meet a minor for a lewd purpose", this crime is motivated by a sexual interest in children.

If you are convicted of this crime, you face the following penalties and consequences:

Misdemeanor Charges

  • Informal probation
  • Up to 1 year in county jail
  • Maximum $5,000 fine
  • Lifetime sex offender registration

Felony Charges

  • Formal probation
  • Up to 3 years in California State Prison
  • Maximum $10,000 fines
  • Lifetime sex offender registration

Defenses Against Internet Sex Crimes

In order to be convicted of an Internet sex crime, the prosecution must prove that you willfully and intentionally broke the law. If you were unaware that the individual you were meeting was a minor or if the minor misrepresented himself or herself, then your attorney may be able to have the charges against you dismissed.

If you were arrested as a part of sting operation, then your Oakland sex crimes defense lawyer may be able to argue entrapment. It is important to consult with an experienced sex crimes attorney immediately upon arrest so that your attorney can begin to investigate the incident and expose the weaknesses in the prosecution's case against you.

Sadly, many individuals who are arrested for Internet sex crimes are innocent. Many times it was another individual who downloaded child pornography on their computer without their knowledge. Perhaps you mistakenly downloaded an image you did not mean to download or arranged to meet someone you thought was older.

No matter how bleak your future looks, there are ways to beat these serious charges. Call us at (510) 907-6600 for a free consultation and to start building a solid defense against these serious sex crime charges. If you are already detained, we are also available for phone consultations and jail interviews.

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