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Internet Sex Crimes

Internet Sex Crimes Lawyer in Nashville, TN

Being charged with an internet sex crime is serious, and if you are convicted, you may be facing up to 30 years in federal prison. If you do not hire legal counsel, the chances that you may be serving a lengthy sentence increase substantially.

Attorney Andrew C. Beasley has experience defending a wide range of internet sex crimes, and he is ready to work on your behalf. If you are up against criminal allegations, you need to contact our Nashville, TN, internet sex crimes lawyer to help you discern your legal options.

Types of Internet Sex Crimes

Internet sex crimes may include any of the following:

Sextortion

Sextortion involves an abuse of power to gain sexual favors or may involve blackmail. As an internet crime, it can manifest in threatening emails. An example of blackmail would involve an email coercing the victim to perform certain tasks in exchange for not releasing sensitive information.

Sextortion is a federal crime, which is punishable by up to 25 years in prison if the offender has any history of sex crimes against minors, with a minimum sentence of 15 years.

Solicitation of Minors

Under 18 U.S.C. §2422, it is illegal to persuade, induce, entice, or coerce a minor to engage in prostitution or any sexual act. This applies to either interstate or foreign commerce. If you are found guilty, you could face up to 20 years in federal prison, with a fine of $250,000.

Child Sex Trafficking

Sex trafficking is the use of fraud, force, or coercion to get a person to engage in a commercial sexual act. When it involves the recruitment, transportation, harboring, or receipt of minors, it becomes child sex trafficking.

If the sex trafficking victim is younger than 14 years old, a conviction will result in a prison term between 15 years to life, along with a hefty fine.

Sexting with a Minor

While the act of sending sexual text messages is legal, it is a crime to send these messages to a minor. Besides messaging, sexting can also include sexual images, which may be sent through text messages, e-mails, social media platforms, online chats, and other forms of electronic communication.

It depends on the circumstances whether sexting is charged on the federal level. If you are found guilty of sexting, you will likely be charged under 18 U.S.C. § 1470 (transferring obscene material to a minor). A conviction under this statute carries a prison sentence of 10-40 years.

Child Pornography

In a single year, there were more than 76,000 cases of child pornography, as one of the most prevalent internet sex crimes, child pornography is the visual depiction of a minor engaging in sexual activity.

The possession, production, and distribution of child pornography is illegal. If a judge determines that you have violated federal law, you could be sentenced to 20 years in prison for possession alone.

Possible Defenses

A charge does not mean that you will automatically be found guilty of a crime. An experienced Nashville internet sex crimes lawyer can explore possible defenses, which may include:

  • The photographs were not of a sexual nature
  • You were unaware that the person was a minor or
  • The messages and photographs were unwanted, and you immediately deleted them

Speak with our Nashville, TN, Internet Sex Crimes Lawyer

An internet sex crimes charge can ruin your reputation, making it more difficult for you to pursue your ambitions. Fighting these charges must be your priority, and if you contact our Nashville internet sex crimes lawyer, it will most certainly be his.

Contact the office today online or by calling 615-821-2230 to schedule your free consultation.

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