Online stings, set up by the police or FBI, are frequent occurrences in today’s computer-driven society. Adults engaged in perfectly legal activities in the privacy of their own homes are often set up by police pretending to be minor-age children offering their services for sexual purposes.
However, to make an arrest, the FBI is required by law to show that they have probable cause that you were committing a crime. Engaging in a conversation in what you thought was a legal chat room with another adult is legal. If the police do most of the talking, you may have an entrapment defense.
Allegations regarding sexual exploitation of a child can be extremely damaging to a person’s reputation in addition to the severe penalties they may also face if convicted. An attorney can help an accused person figure out their rights and options during a difficult time.
If Utah law enforcement has confiscated your computer, you must act now. Call Susanne Gustin Attorney at Law at (801) 243-2814 immediately. Once you are charged with an internet sex crime, you are up against the State’s expert investigators and prosecutors. This will be a tough fight requiring a tougher defense attorney.
Susanne Gustin’s law firm has years of experience investigating illegal stings and aggressively representing clients to have charges dismissed or reduced to charges that do not include sexual misconduct that can lead to placement on the Utah sex offender registry.
Call today to set up a free consultation to discuss your charges. This firm currently advises clients in the Salt Lake County and Davis County areas.
An online sting occurs when law enforcement sets up a false account as an underage child with the intent to lure those individuals looking to engage in illegal sexual activity with a minor. Online stings are typically planned once a person visits a questionable website, or has search terms related to illegal sexual activity in his or her internet history.
After law enforcement discovers a person’s illegal online activity or identifies them as a possible online predator, they monitor the target’s online activity for months. Once law enforcement determines that they have enough evidence to build a case, the may confiscate your computer for further investigation.
If your computer has been confiscated by law enforcement, you need to act immediately to avoid a conviction.
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Online stings are considered an internet sex crime, thus resulting in similar penalties to a typical sexually motivated crime.
Typically, enticing a minor online qualifies as a first-degree felony with penalties of five years to a maximum of life in jail. This offense may also result in a fine of up to $10,000.
In addition to prison time and fines, those accused of a sex crime including online stings, sex offender registry may also be required.
Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) - this state agency initiates stings and investigations on individuals suspected of internet sex crimes against children.
ProCon.org- Source for information on online sex crimes
Utah Code- State site for legislation on internet sex crimes and online stings
If you have been charged with an Internet sex crime or another sex crime, you need a defense attorney who can represent you effectively whether at a plea negotiation or at trial. If you have been arrested, the prosecution is already working on your case — you should too.
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