Appleton Sex Crime Attorney
Protecting Yourself from Accusations Online
The internet has completely changed the way people communicate. The ability to talk anonymously to people all over the world presents exciting opportunities to meet new people and learn new things. But it also creates a lot of potential for trouble. You may find yourself accused of committing a sex crime over the internet without realizing you were doing anything wrong. Internet sex crimes are tried on a federal, not state level, making the results all the more serious. Here is some advice to protect yourself from accusations that can ruin your reputation and cost you your freedom.
- Don’t be too trusting. You never really know who is behind the emails or instant messages, no matter how honest or endearing they seem. If you have reason to suspect that a person may be younger than they claim, simply stop responding to that person. It is not worth the penalties you could face if charged with chat room solicitation of a minor or related crimes.
- Remember the Mann Act. This law makes it illegal to transport a woman or girl across state lines for “immoral reasons.” For example, sex work may be legal where you live, or you may be in touch with someone who lives in a state where it is legal. But if a sex worker travels from one state to another for a client, the client could be prosecuted for violation of this act.
- Be very careful with photographs and personal information. You may not want to give out your real name or contact information to people online. Remember that anything you post online could potentially be found and viewed by anyone, so think very carefully about sharing explicit photos or video. It may not be worth the risk.
If you have been accused of an internet sex crime, contact Appleton sex crime attorneys Hart Powell, S.C. at (414) 271-9595.