The age of the Smartphone has brought with it new potential for criminal activity and new concerns for parents. In the California, “Sexting” is classified as a sex crime and can result in severe penalties if convicted. For those unfamiliar with the term, sexting is described as sending nude or sexually provocative photos or messages to someone by text message.
If your child has been accused of a sex crime in Southern California, it’s important you act quickly and contact the experienced Irvine juvenile crime attorneys at the Law Offices of David A. Stein. We have defended minors in court for many years and are compassionate about the welfare of those under 18 years of age. Call us today at (949) 445-0040 for a free and confidential consultation.
Consequences of Sexting Allegations in OC
If your child has been accused of sexting, they face serious penalties. These can include, but are not limited to:
- Possible child pornography charges
- Possible jail time
- Having to register as a sex offender
- Possible civil legal action
- Embarrassment and damage to reputation
- Being expelled from school
- Difficulty finding employment
- Difficulty getting into college
For any of these reasons, it’s important that you have a frank discussion with your children about the dangers of such activities.
Child Pornography Charges
If the person in the photo is under the age of 18, your child can be charged with the life-altering offense of child pornography for sexting pictures. Child pornography charges can apply not only if the juvenile takes the photograph of themselves or someone else, but also if they forward the photo others or post it on social media or the Internet. These acts could also lead to other charges, such as distributing pornography to a minor. Though a first time juvenile offender can avoid jail time, they will likely be required to register as a sex offender. This alone can severely damage your child’s future. Being labeled a sex offender can seriously hinder their ability to obtain employment and housing, now and in the future.
Embarrassment, Damage to Reputation, Possible Civil Action
You might have heard the tragic story of the teenage Ohio girl who texted her boyfriend naked pictures of herself. When they broke up, the boyfriend sent her pictures to other students at their high school. Many girls at the school began harassing and bullying the girl. The resulting humiliation led the poor girl to depression and eventual suicide. Due to new laws in effect, the girl’s bullies could now face prosecution and civil action.
The world your child is growing up in is more complicated and dangerous than you could’ve ever imagined at their age. Don’t let a youthful mistake ruin their future. If your child faces criminal charges, call the Law Offices of David A. Stein immediately at (949) 445-0040. Our experienced Orange County defense attorneys will provide you with a free and confidential consultation. Don’t delay; your child’s future is their most precious asset.