Written By: Robert King, Esq.
Legal Review By: Greg Colavecchia, Esq.
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Internet Sex Crimes

Skilled Representation For Cybersex Crimes

If you are facing any kind of internet sex crimes charges, it is essential to have an experienced Rochester criminal defense attorney on your side. At King Law, we know that facing internet sex crimes charges can be one of the most anxiety-inducing experiences of a person’s life, and we are here to evaluate your case and develop a defense strategy based on the facts surrounding your arrest. Allegations of child pornography distribution or solicitation over the internet are some of the most serious types of criminal charges you can face, and a conviction can alter your life. Our firm is here to help. In the meantime, the following are three key things to know about internet sex crimes charges in New York.

You May Be Facing State or Federal Charges in New York

Internet sex crimes can involve various types of offenses, but they frequently involve online interactions with children or sharing of sexual material involving children. Common examples of internet sex crimes include possession and distribution of child pornography and sexual solicitation of a minor online. If you have been accused of an internet sex crime such as distribution of child pornography over the internet or sexual solicitation of a minor online, you should know that you may be facing state or federal criminal charges.

Under FEDERAL LAW, the following are examples of charges you could be facing in relation to internet sex crimes:

Coercion and enticement of a minor, or solicitation (18. U.S.C. § 2422): Using the internet “to engage in prostitution, or any sexual activity for which any person can be charged with a criminal offense, or attempts to do so.”

Sexual exploitation of children, or child pornography charges (18. U.S.C. §§ 2251-2252): Using the internet to engage in the production, distribution, or possession of any image of child pornography, which federal law defines as a visual depiction of sexually explicit conduct that involves a minor.

Under NEW YORK STATE LAW, you may face similar charges such as:

Possession an obscene sexual performance by a child (New York Penal Code Section 263.11) which says that an individual is guilty of possessing an obscene sexual performance by a child when they knowingly have in their possession or control any obscene performance that includes sexual conduct by a child younger than 16; or

Solicitation of a minor (New York Penal Code Section 130.05).

Penalties Are Severe If You Are Convicted of a State or Federal Offense

Federal penalties for internet sex crimes tend to be steeper and more severe in terms of sentencing than penalties under New York state law, although penalties for both should be taken extremely seriously.

Under federal law, a conviction for one of the above internet sex crimes can result in up to 20 years in prison. Under state law, possession of child pornography can result in a prison sentence of up to four years as a Class E felony, and sometimes additional time depending upon the circumstances. Any of these offenses, upon conviction, will also require registration on the sex offender registry.

We Can Help

When you are facing internet sex crimes charges in New York, whether under state or federal law, it is critical to begin working with an experienced and aggressive Rochester internet crimes attorney as soon as possible. Contact King Law today for assistance with your defense.