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.
We also noted that these extensive efforts are not uncommon. In fact, law enforcement agencies regularly work together and make use of the significant resources at their disposal to conduct elaborate sting operations. Any person who is caught up in these rings can immediately feel the full weight of state and federal authorities coming down on them. However, you are not alone if you are in this situation. You have the right to work with an attorney to defend yourself.
There are defenses that can be effective for people in this very difficult situation.
In some cases, it may be possible to argue that the sting itself was improperly conducted or involved entrapment. It is crucial that these operations are carried out in accordance with the law and do not violate a suspect’s rights; otherwise, it could be possible to challenge the charges and potentially have them dismissed.
There may also be grounds to argue that a person was wrongfully accused. Cases of mistaken identities, false accusations and misinterpretation of actions and intent can happen, and it can be crucial for those facing charges as a result to aggressively defend themselves to have their name and reputation cleared.
Identifying the defense strategy that may be most appropriate can be extremely complicated. It typically requires a thorough understanding of the limitations and allowances of state and federal laws, as well as the knowledge of what is necessary to build a particular defense. Those without this legal background and experience would be wise to discuss their case with an attorney at Lindsey & Ferry, rather than take on the situation alone. For more information on our firm and approach to sex crime defense, please visit our website.