Sex offense charges are extremely serious and can include date rape charges,
prostitution, sexual assault, lewd and lascivious acts and public sexual
indecency to name only a few. While most sex offenses fall to the jurisdiction
of the state, some of the more serious charges, including distribution
of pornographic images of children via the Internet is considered a federal
offense and is prosecuted in federal court.
You Do Not Have to Initiate It
Keep in mind, if you are being investigated for any reason your computer
will likely be examined by a forensics team. These teams are specially
trained to read information on your computer even if it has been deleted.
There are numerous ways to get child pornography on your computer, most
common of which is through a file-sharing program. Downloading child pornography
through a file-sharing program is considered both possession and distribution
because of the ability of other program members to view your stored files.
The Types of Charges You Can Face
In New York, sex crime charges are taken very seriously, and if your computer
contains any material that could be considered child pornography, you
could be facing cybersex crime charges. The penalties you could be facing
are extremely serious, ranging from long-term probation to significant
prison time. In addition, if you are convicted you could also face the
possibility of needing to register as a sex offender for the rest of your life.
Federal sentencing in child porn cases often involve sentencing enhancements
that can greatly increase a defendant’s sentencing exposure. These
enhancements are dependent on several factors, such as how many images
are found, the age of the victims involved and other factors which the
court may take into consideration. While there is no minimum sentence
for simple possession of images, if you are found guilty of distributing
child pornography via the Internet you could face a minimum sentence of
The Impact of Guilty Verdicts
Those who are found guilty of a cybersex crime can face potentially life-changing
consequences. Not only does a conviction mean registering as a sex offender,
but it also can impact your career and limit your housing options.
If you are under investigation for any reason, or you are told that you
are under suspicion of a cybersex crime, it is important to retain the
services of a NYC sex offense lawyer.
These charges should not be taken lightly. You need an attorney who can
defend you against these charges and someone who is willing to do a thorough
investigation of the charges. If you are facing cybersex crime charges,
contact H. Benjamin Perez & Associates, P.C. immediately. We will
review your case and discuss your best options with you.