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Are You Facing Internet or Electronic Crimes in Dallas, Texas?

There are several internet and electronic crimes that have the potential to destroy a client’s professional and personal life. These crimes may include unlawful disclosure or distribution of explicit images, solicitation of a minor, and/or child pornography. Oftentimes, a client was unaware that a crime was even committed.

A conviction on these charges is a threat to your family, employment, and reputation. Beating these charges requires an experienced criminal defense lawyer who knows how to navigate Texas’s harsh criminal justice system. Reach out to Gallian Defense Firm today if you are facing allegations for any of these internet crimes.

What are Internet and Electronic Crimes?

Internet and electronic crimes are illegal activities that on committed on the web. This is a term used to cover a wide range of criminal offenses.

 

Examples of Internet Crimes Include:

 
  • Child Pornography
  • Unlawful Disclosure or Promotion of Intimate Visual Material
  • Unlawful Electronic Transmission of Sexually Explicit Material
  • Online Solicitation of a Minor

Convictions of these internet crimes could have devasting effects on an individual’s professional and personal life. Reach out to Gallian Defense Firm today for help fighting these allegations.

What is Unlawful Disclosure or Promotion of Intimate Visual Material?

The unlawful disclosure or promotion of intimate visual material is illegal in Texas. This is sometimes called revenge porn. This is the allegation that an individual disclosed or promoted visual content of an individual’s intimate parts or engaging in sexual activity.

Promotion and Disclosure are Applicable to in the Following Circumstances:


  • Manufacture
  • Sell
  • Give
  • Provide
  • Transmit
  • Publish
  • Distribute
  • Exhibit
  • Advertise

You can also face these charges for offering or agreeing to do any of the aforementioned actions regarding unlawful visual content.

It is deemed unlawful to disclose or promote any sexually explicit visual content if the individual depicted does not provide consent. This charge is also applicable if the defendant has reason to believe the individual depicted did not provide consent for the material to be disclosed.

It is also illegal to use threats of distributing or promoting visually explicit material. This could potentially result in an additional charge of blackmail.

Unlawful Electronic Transmission of Sexually Explicit Material

It is illegal to send sexually explicit to an individual who did not request consent for receiving the content. This includes unwarranted images of intimate areas, engaging in sexual conduct, and/or the covered genitals of a male in an aroused state.

These charges can result in a Class C misdemeanor which possesses the risk of a fine of up to $500.

What Constitutes Intimate Parts and/or Sexual Conduct?

Texas law defines intimate parts as the naked genitals, pubic region, anus, butt, or female nipples. Any image that depicts these parts of an individual’s body cannot be lawfully distributed or promoted without consent.

Sexual activity, or conduct, applies to sexual contact, actual or simulated sexual intercourse, bestiality, masturbation, or sadomasochistic abuse.

How Serious is Online Solicitation of a Minor?

Any internet crime involving a minor is a serious criminal offense. There is a government task force in place that actively searches the web for potential crimes involving minors.

Online solicitation of a minor is a felony sex charge and a possible federal offense. This is the allegation that an individual intentionally and knowingly communicated sexual content to a minor.

It is illegal for a person over the age of 17 to have any form of sexual communication with a minor. Penalties are harsher if the minor is under the age of 14.

 

Sexual Communication Includes:

 
  • Sending Sexually Explicit Messages
  • Sharing Sexually Explicit Images or Videos
  • Describing Sexual Acts or Conduct
  • Asking to Meet a Minor for Sexual Conduct

Being charged with online solicitation of a minor is a serious 2nd or 3rd-degree felony offense that carries harsh penalties, including serious time in prison. If convicted on these charges, it is also likely that you will be required to register as a state sex offender upon release. The penalties for becoming a registered sex offender are especially harsh and linger for life.

Continue reading below to learn more about how being required to register as a sex offender could pose life-damaging consequences.

What if I am Facing Charges for the Possession of Child Pornography?

It is illegal to possess, distribute, or produce any sexual media of a person under the age of 18. This includes photos, videos, or sexual material that depicts a minor engaging in any sexual conduct or explicit material, including nudity. A conviction of this crime has the potential to ruin every aspect of your future and reputation.

The possession of these materials is a 3rd-degree felony charge for the first offense and a 2nd-degree felony for a subsequent offense. A conviction on these charges could result in anywhere from 2 to 20 years in prison. You would also be required to register as a sex

 

offender, resulting in a lifetime of stigma and limited future opportunities.

Reach out to Gallian Defense Firm as soon as possible if you are facing charges for child pornography.

What is the Promotion of Child Pornography?

Allegations of creating, distributing, and/or promoting child pornography are more difficult to defend and punished more harshly than simply possessing these materials. You may face charges of promotion, or intent to promote if multiple copies of child pornographic materials are found in your possession.

These charges are a 1st-degree felony if the child depicted is under the age of 14, and 2nd-degree felony if the child is 14-17 years old. A conviction of these crimes could result in anywhere from 2 to 99 years behind bars depending on the age of the minor. You would also be required to register as a sex offender.

How Would Becoming a Registered Sex Offender Affect My Future?

After release from prison for internet crimes involving a minor, you will likely be required to register as a state sex offender. This is devastating to not only your reputation but to all future opportunities. Registered sex offenders are limited to numerous laws and stipulations for employment, housing, and family circumstances.

Sex offenders in Texas are not allowed to work, loiter, or reside within a set distance from any area that is frequented by children.

 

Prohibited Areas for Sex Offenders Include:

 
  • Schools
  • Parks
  • Playgrounds
  • Youth Centers
  • Childcare Facilities
  • Churches
  • Arcades
  • Public Pools

The distance required varies based on the location but is generally a minimum of 1000 to 2000 feet from these locations.

You will also be required to notify your supervision officer immediately anytime your address or employment situation changes.

It is also possible that you could lose custody of your children. You be limited to supervised visitation or no longer be permitted to communicate with them.

Do I Need a Criminal Defense Lawyer for Internet or Electronic Crimes?

To beat these serious charges, you will need to hire a reputable, experienced, and qualified criminal defense lawyer to represent you in the courtroom. Do not face these charges alone. Your future, employment, and reputation are at stake.

A criminal defense lawyer can build a case to prove your innocence, or at minimum, have charges lessened to keep you off of the sex offender registry.

What Defense Strategies Can a Lawyer Use for Internet Crimes?

You are innocent until proven guilty and have a right to a fair trial. There are several defense strategies that a criminal defense lawyer can use to defend you in court and potentially clear your name and protect your reputation.

Defense Strategies for Internet or Electronic Crimes Could Include:

 
  • Lack of Knowledge
  • Consent (Distribution of Adult Sexual Content)
  • Denial of Crime

The most common and effective defense strategy is that the crime was intentional and/or never took place. This is most effective when there is a lack of evidence that the defendant knowingly committed a crime.

The most important element of building an effective defense strategy is to be honest with your lawyer about your case. Your lawyer exists to represent you in the courtroom and will need to be prepared for any issues that may arise.

Why Should I Choose Gallian Defense Firm to Handle My Case?

Gregg Gallian has helped hundreds of clients facing serious criminal allegations throughout Texas. You deserve the best criminal defense if you are facing these potentially life-changing charges.  Gallian Defense Firm is experienced and knowledgeable regarding Texas laws and will fight to prove your innocence.

Gregg Gallian is a bold, experienced, and reputable attorney located in Dallas, Texas. He has represented clients throughout the state and country facing serious internet crimes. Contact Gallian Defense Firm today to schedule a free consultation to discuss your case. After reviewing the circumstances, Gallian will provide you with honest expectations and possible defenses for your charges.

How Do I Schedule a Free Consultation?

Do not wait. Allow Gregg Gallian and his team to begin building your case today. Call 214-432-8860 or email [email protected]