Sexual Offenses in NYC

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 five years.

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.