FBI’s well-publicized Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) provides an easy, clandestine method to report the many wrongdoings in cyberspace. All sex crimes, from child porn to even duplicitous sales of young children, the internet crimes are documented then sent to IC3. They get looked over, passed on to local or federal law enforcement, then on to the next batch.
Problems arise when the world can access the site, and flagrantly report alleged wrongdoing simply because they cannot stand someone. Some reports that should be sent to Interpol are routed to the IC3, too, creating logjams for months on crimes that should be legitimately investigated. Even greater issues arise when an innocent, hard-working family breadwinner gets an unwelcome knock on their door, then ushered away by Federal agents for some internet-based crime they did not commit.
If you have been falsely accused of internet sex crimes or similar, here is how an astute sex crime lawyer suggests you approach the situation.
Familiarizing yourself with law
Very, very important
Most American households have some form of technology that has access to, or can access, an internet connection like laptops, tablets, smartphones, or desktops. Legislation is constantly updating to protect children, women, data, families, you name it. Familiarity with laws governing digital mediums may help keep individuals safe, although some laws have obvious imperfections.
The National Registry of Exonerations, listing over 2,200 overturned convictions and dismissed cases, testifies to how imperfect due process can be. Numerous innocent defendants are wrongly adjudicated, taking years to clear their name. The registry does not account for thousands of internet crimes committed annually by individuals yet to be caught, crimes that got pinned on hard-working Americans without their knowledge.
Internet users should understand how laws, including net neutrality and acceptable use of data, may affect them later on. If one is unfamiliar with the law as it relates to a sex crime, or has questions regarding data found on computers they purchased secondhand, an internet sex crime lawyer consultation would be a wise investment.
Staying protected and reporting suspicion
If you are not guilty, help catch who is
Email attachments and "unsavory" websites can put incriminating information on your PC without your knowledge. Pop-ups, which are new browser windows that open automatically by the script, and pop-under windows, which are not seen until you close your main browser window, may contain illegal or sexually explicit information, pictures of young kids and similar. Those windows have tracking cookies which stay on your computer indefinitely, making someone look guilty – even though you only opened an email attachment.
Chatrooms, too, are popular places to find oneself implicated in innocent conversation. That beautiful 39-year-old professional sending picture is not always 39; she is sometimes 15, 16 years old. After agreeing to meet with this individual, it is too late – especially if you cannot prove she disclosed her age as 39. Undercover police stings are usually how "purported" child sex crimes are thwarted, although innocent persons legitimately thought they were meeting someone of age.
In cases where computers are purchased with illegal pictures on them, or one believes they are being set up, put down the mouse and phone your attorney immediately. This cannot be stressed enough. With the guidance of your attorney, you can then report pictures and illegal data to authorities, who can determine through time stamps and other technical information whether you have been victimized by chance, or may need to prepare for trial.
Internet sex crimes are serious offenses charged federally, at state level, or sometimes both. Retain an aggressive sex crime attorney in Springfield if wrongly accused of internet-based crimes. Contact us today at (417) 865-2181, or check us out at http://www.deanpricelaw.com.
This blog is for informational purposes only and does not constitute legal advice.