Criminal Cases of Sexting
Criminal Sexual Conduct Attorneys in Michigan
With the recent rise in smartphone usage, most individuals now have a means to instantly send pictures and messages to others. This has led to a massive increase in what is known as "sexting." Sexting involves sharing explicit or suggestive photos or messages by electronic means, usually through text messages.
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Criminal Charges Stemming From Sexting
While sexting in and of itself is not illegal, it is illegal to send sexually explicit photos of individuals who are under the age of 18. Possession or distribution of such depictions falls within the definition of child pornography that is defined by Michigan state law. If the defendant either knew, or had reason to know, that the depicted person was under the age of 18, they may be prosecuted and face extremely harsh penalties if convicted.
In addition to being prosecuted for violating child pornography laws, sexting can lead to other charges, such as possessing obscene material with the intent to distribute, distributing obscene material, and even harassment. Due to anti-bullying laws in place, a child may also be expelled or suspended from their school for distributing or publishing sexually explicit photos.
Criminal penalties stemming from sexting cases may include:
- Extensive jail or prison sentences
- Costly fines
- Registration as a sex offender in Michigan
- A criminal record, which can lead to devastating personal and professional consequences
Personalized Service for Each Client & Each Case
From the facts of the events that took place, to the types of charges being brought against the defendant, every sexting case is unique. Our Michigan criminal sexual conduct attorneys at the Law Offices of Shannon M. Smith, P.C. offer personalized service that will be customized to your specific situation. Our goal is to help you understand your legal options, choose the best possible route, and fight for the outcome you need. It is also our desire to help you stay off the sex offender registry.
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