Most people understand sexting to be the sending or receiving of sexually explicit messages through electronic methods, such as text message or email. When consensual adults send these types of messages for noncommercial use, it is generally acceptable. In contrast, when these messages involve images of children under the age of 18, people can face prosecution and conviction of serious crimes. Unfortunately, teenagers can also face prosecution for sending and receiving these messages, even when consensual.
When you are facing a sex-related charge, you have to think about more than just the possibility of being incarcerated. In some cases, you have to think about what it will mean for you to have to register as a sex offender. This might seem like just a formality but it actuality, it is something that can impact your life considerably.
When you are charged with a crime, you will either get the case resolved before you go to trial or you will have to go through the trial. If your case goes through the trial phase, you must be properly prepared. A criminal trial isn't something that you can handle by flying by the seat of your pants. Instead, you have to fully prepare.
In our previous blog post, we discussed the case of a registered sex offender who is working with children. He is being investigated to determine if his current situation violates Missouri laws. If it is found that it does, he could face more criminal charges. His case is one stark example of how much life changes if you are convicted of a sex-related crime.
It is pretty common knowledge that people who are convicted of certain sex offenses aren't allowed to be around children. These men and women certainly shouldn't be placed in a position of authority over children. This is one reason why some defendants fight so hard against sex-related charges. In some cases, the conviction on one of these charges could impact their career, which is what happens when a teacher is convicted of sex charges.
Prosecutors who work on sex-related cases might opt to take a hard stance in those cases. This can make the work of the defense even more difficult than what it might have been if the case was of a different variety. If you are facing criminal charges for any sex-related crime, you shouldn't delay getting your defense moving forward.
For most people, knowing all of the laws in the country is impossible. This is one reason why people count on lawyers when they get into trouble and end up facing criminal charges. If you are in that position, you should know that you have a right to have a lawyer with you at certain steps in the criminal justice system. This right is given to you by the Sixth Amendment of the United States Constitution.
Rape, sexual assault and other sex-related crimes are very serious. Even crimes, such as indecent exposure, that don't seem like that big of a deal require a well-planned defense. There is one element that seems to be present in the vast majority of sex-related cases -- complexity. Almost all of these cases involve complicated points that can make the cases very difficult.
There are a host of different types of sex-related crimes. While many of these involve sexual contact, indecent exposure doesn't have that element. Indecent exposure means that you show your genitals in a manner that would cause others to be alarmed.
In our previous blog post, we discussed a case in which a man's interrogation regarding a sex-related crime wasn't being allowed in his trial because the judge felt that there was a chance that he didn't understand his Miranda rights. That case showed that not only do the authorities have to recite these rights to you, but they must also ensure that you understand what they mean.