Few crimes illicit as strong of an emotional response when discussed than internet sex crimes. This category of crime includes possessing child pornography, transmitting child pornography, and soliciting a minor. Children are one of the most heavily legally protected groups, and crimes against them can carry very severe penalties. Today we’ll be discussing what you can do to defend yourself if you become the target of an investigation, and what to do if you are charged with an internet sex crime.
Building a Strong Defense
Unfortunately, in many cases an internet sex crime charge results from an accident or misunderstanding. If you’re facing these charges, you may have done something as small as clicking on the wrong link while browsing the internet. It’s possible that another user was on your computer, network, or had hacked into your private accounts. In some cases, there may be false accusations, or evidence that law enforcement has illegally entrapped someone they later charge.
Without a San Antonio sex crime attorney in your corner, it will be very difficult to defend yourself from allegations of this nature. An internet sex crime attorney can help evaluate the evidence provided by the prosecution and identify any missteps taken by police or unsubstantiated claims. Your attorney may also procure a forensic expert specializing in computers as part of efforts to recover evidence that could exonerate you.
Possible Consequences of an Internet Sex Crime Conviction
The seriousness of an internet sex crime conviction cannot be overstated. Some of the potential consequences of an internet sex crime conviction include:
- Jail or prison time
- Paying a substantial fine
- Banned from ever using a computer
- Registering as a sex offender for the rest of your life
- Barred from spending any time with children, including your own
As you can see, a conviction of this nature on your record can have an overwhelmingly negative impact on your life. Depending on your circumstances, the extralegal effects of a conviction can have serious ramifications in your personal or professional life. Even if you win your case, it may be difficult to escape the scrutiny of the court of public opinion. That’s what it’s especially important to hire a San Antonio sex crime attorney who will act quickly to build a strong defense.
When to Hire a San Antonio Sex Crime Attorney
It is important to call a sex crimes defense attorney as soon as you realize that an investigation is underway. We strongly advise you to avoid answering any questions from the police. Answering police questions without a lawyer present can seriously harm your case, as any information you divulge (even the most minor details) can and will be used against you.
If you believe you may be facing charges soon or have been charged, please reach out to us to set up your free case evaluation as soon as possible. The Law Office of Jesse Hernandez is standing by to begin building an aggressive defense for you.