Unless someone has a nosy family member or friend, most people in Maryland assume that their communications over Facebook and other social networking sites are private or, at least as private as their privacy settings allow. The truth is, however, that many Internet sites, including Facebook, monitor what their users say on chats and personal messages in an effort to find suspected child predators.
Possessing child pornography is a serious crime that carries substantial penalties. Further, because child pornography crimes often involve the Internet or other channels of interstate commerce, suspects can be charged with both state and federal crimes. Maryland or Washington, D.C., residents who are accused of or charged with Internet sex crimes will need a strong criminal defense attorney to combat the severe consequences of a conviction.
Washington, D.C., residents may have heard of a recent sex crimes story that has made headlines across the country. A university professor has been arrested and charged with looking at child pornography while on a flight. What makes this story particularly interesting, however, is how law enforcement officials were notified of the alleged behavior.
There are some allegations that are nearly impossible to shake. Being accused of an Internet sex crime, such as possessing child pornography or solicitation of a minor over the Internet, will almost always make Maryland news and stir up the emotions of many people in Silver Spring. The anger, fear and hate the public may feel toward someone suspected of Internet sex crimes makes it nearly impossible for a suspect to represent him or herself. It is essential that anyone accused of an Internet sex crime consult a criminal defense attorney about their legal options.