Los Angeles Chat Room Crimes Attorney
Chat Rooms & Sexual Offenses
California Penal Codes now have numerous laws which detail offenses occurring
from involvement in internet chat rooms. These crimes involve minors and
are prosecuted to the fullest. At our firm,
Los Angeles internet crime attorneys Mark Haushalter and Ryan Okabe know the laws and how to defend those accused of
sex crimes stemming from chat rooms. We use our experience as former prosecutors
towards producing the best outcome in your case including, when possible,
getting your charges reduced or dismissed.
What is illegal chat room activity?
It is illegal to distribute, send or offer to distribute or exhibit by
any means, material that is considered sexually arousing or appealing
to a minor. It may not matter that you did not know the age of the person
you were in communication with. The law includes failing to take "reasonable
care" in finding out the age of the person that you talked with in
a chat room. It is a crime in our state to discuss sexual matters online
with a person who is under the age of 18. Using a chat room to arrange
a meeting with a minor for sexual purposes constitutes a crime as does
actually arriving to such a meeting.
Violating these laws may result in charges of
production of child pornography and others. Being convicted can change the course of your life for many
years to come. Using a proven defense attorney from our firm can greatly
enhance your chances of successfully defending the charges against you.
Fight your charges!
Depending on the circumstances of your case, specific sex crimes involving
minors can result in
federal charges. You may be imprisoned in a county jail or state prison and for second
or subsequent convictions, you will be charged with a felony. Prison sentences
can be in terms of years and fines run into the thousands of dollars.
Conviction will be part of your permanent criminal record and you may
be required to register as a sex offender.
We know how and when to press for a reduction or dismissal of the charges
against you. In some cases, in may be possible to prevent jail time through
the use of educational programs. Don't allow an inexperienced or unproven
lawyer defend you against these serious charges.