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Sex Offenses Archives

To speak or not to speak: what to know about staying silent

If you are arrested, under investigation for a crime, questioned or interviewed by police, there is no doubt that you are in a scary situation. You can be face-to-face with intimidating law enforcement agents who seem to know an awful lot about you and your behaviors. They use various tactics and seem to alternate between being understanding and being ready to explode. It's an intimidating and frightening experience for any person, regardless of if they've done something wrong.

Legal support crucial when identifying defense to sex charges

In our last post, we discussed the results of a recent investigation into sexual misconduct online involving minors. In that sting, 22 people were arrested by police officers who were posing as undercover boys and girls online. They were charged with crimes stemming from their intent to engage in sexual activity with a minor and traveling to meet that minor.

Another sex sting, another group of people arrested

Recent efforts to track down and arrest people accused of sexual misconduct proved to be fruitful as 22 people were arrested in yet another enforcement sting operation. More than 16 law enforcement agencies teamed up to carry out an undercover operation involving the use of agents engaging in online exchanges.

What do Romeo & Juliet have to do with sex offender registration?

Relationships of any kind can be extremely complicated. When the law is brought into a relationship, however, it can make things much more complex. Take, for example, romantic relationships between two people who are of different ages. In most cases, age may not be that big of a deal. But if one or both people are under the age of 18, questions regarding legality can arise and there could be serious consequences.

What is the difference between a sex offender and predator?

Being convicted of a crime can leave people with the label of "criminal" long after they have served their sentence and satisfied the terms of their punishments. This label can follow someone into job interviews, romantic relationships and even child custody disputes well into the future.

Is there motivation for police to try and entrap 'predators'?

In a post several months ago, we discussed what the term "entrapment" means in the context of sexual misconduct online. In that blog post, which can be read in full here, we explained that entrapment is a defense that can be used when a person who would otherwise not engage in an illegal act does so, but only because of efforts made by law enforcement agents.

Even without a victim, sex offenses can lead to order to register

State and federal sex offender registries were supposedly created to protect members of the public from people who have committed a sex crime and could pose a threat to members of a community even after fulfilling the obligations of a criminal sentence. Under the requirements of sex offender registration, information about an offender's residence and offense are made available to the public to promote awareness and keep people safe.

Another penalty of child pornography conviction: restitution

It should not be surprising to anyone that criminal charges related to the possession, distribution or creation of child pornography are taken very seriously by state and federal authorities. For the most part, people generally understand that these charges can prove to be ruinous.

US Supreme Court: Sex offender's sentence unconstitutional

In this blog, we often discuss the fact that sex offenders can receive some of the most aggressive criminal sentences if convicted. There is the potential for lengthy prison sentences, life-long registry as a sex offender and the permanent stigma of being convicted of a sex crime.

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