The internet has opened up opportunities for all types of sex crimes. State and federal task forces are working around the clock on a variety of activities geared to identifying any individual who is engaged in illegal activities through the use of the internet, including financial crimes and sex crimes. If you have been charged with an internet crime, contact a Palm Spring criminal defense attorney today to discuss your options.
The two main types of sex crimes that are perpetrated on the internet are child pornography and luring a minor. Both of these crimes are felonies. Child pornography charges can be brought up for everything from possession to distribution, manufacturing and producing. Simply being in possession of pornographic images depicting individuals under the age of 17 in sexual acts can result in years in federal prison, and fines up to $100,000. Luring a minor is engaging a minor is an inappropriate sexual conversation, in the hopes of arranging a meeting for sexual purposes. This is also a felony charge and can result in federal prison time. In addition to prison time, both of these crimes can include penalties of huge monetary fines, probation, parole, loss of custody of your own children, and sex offender registration, which can essentially damage your personal and professional reputation irreparably, will prevent you from certain types of employment, professional licenses, or even living where you choose.
Financial crimes through the use of the internet can include federal offenses such as wire fraud, mail fraud, bank fraud, credit card or insurance fraud and others. When charges are filed against you in federal court for an internet crime, whether financial, a sex crime or other allegation, you must act quickly and contact our firm. Through his many years in practice, Attorney Rhea has gained access to the most respected of expert witnesses to help support a case for the defense, and is committed to making room for reasonable doubt. The burden of proof lies with the prosecutor. It can be difficult for prosecutors to prove that pornographic material found on your computer was actually yours, particularly if there were several people with access to the computer.
There are also cases in which the individual was unaware that the person they are talking to is under age. The Law Office of Joseph T. Rhea can help you fight back against your charges. We understand how difficult this time is for you, and it is Attorney Rhea's goal to help minimize the damage done to his clients' lives from their charges, either by fighting for acquittal in court, or by having charges reduced or dropped. He has ten years of experience in Palm Springs (having been consistently ranked by Palm Springs Life Magazine as one of the Top Lawyers of the Year in the area each year from 2010-2014), and worked at a top law firm in the Bay Area prior to coming to the desert with his criminal defense practice. Attorney Rhea has a high success rate with DUI cases, drug crimes, and all areas of criminal defense. For the best desert defense, contact him today.
If you have been charge with Internet crimes of any sort,
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“Mr. Rhea was extremely knowledgeable which, without a doubt, was the reason the Judge dismissed my case without any fines, probation, etc. Additionally, his vast knowledge helped lay out all the scenarios which helped relieve my anxieties. He was extremely prompt and reliable which made working with him a pleasure. I would highly recommend Mr. Rhea’s services to anyone and everyone.” – Former Federal Drug Possession Client