Travis County Internet Sex Crimes Lawyers
Being charged with an internet sex crime is a serious matter and can result in long-term legal consequences if you are convicted. If you or a loved one has been charged with an internet sex crime, you need an experienced Travis County criminal defense attorney who has represented clients who have been accused of similar crimes. The attorneys at Granger and Mueller PC have years of experience handling cases involving a variety of internet-related sex crime charges.
Sex crimes involving the internet are some of the most widely prosecuted matters and can range from a minor misdemeanor to a serious felony. It is important to understand what constitutes a crime and what the resulting penalties are so you can stay safe and protect yourself from inadvertently doing something illegal.
Internet sex crimes can fall under both federal and state jurisdiction. This means you could be charged with a federal crime, a state crime, or both. A majority of the sex crimes prosecuted center around someone trying to arrange sexual relations with someone who does not or can not consent. Some internet sex crimes include:
● Solicitation of a minor
● Facilitating or promoting sex trafficking
● Possessing, promoting, or distributing child pornography
● Solicitation or promotion of a prostitute
If the illegal activity extends beyond Texas state laws, it is going to be prosecuted as a federal case. Even if it is prosecuted as a state crime, these are serious offenses that may even require you to register as a sex offender. That can haunt you for the rest of your life.
The Texas Sex Offender Registration Program requires that adult and juvenile sex offenders register with the law enforcement office of the city where they live. If you do not reside in a city, you will register with law enforcement for the county. In addition to providing your name, address, a color photograph, and confirmation of the offense you were convicted of, you will be required to periodically report to local law enforcement. Failure to comply with these requirements can result in a felony prosecution.
Even if you move to another state, you will be required to register as a sex offender if that is part of your sentence. Most of the information on sex offenders is available to the general public so people can search for registered sex offenders who reside in their neighborhoods.
It is important to speak with a Travis County criminal defense attorney as soon as you are charged with an internet sex crime. Your attorney needs ample time to prepare your defense and collect evidence as available. Do not let a conviction ruin your life or find yourself being forced to register as a sex offender in Texas. Let the team at Granger and Mueller PC fight for you. We will prepare an aggressive defense to get the charges dismissed or at least reduced. Contact our Austin office at 512-474-9999 or online to schedule a consultation.