The Internet has made things possible, even routine that would never have been imaginable 20 years ago. Many of these new possibilities presented by the Internet involve the transmission of information, but not all sharing of information is positive in nature. Unfortunately, one of the fastest-growing crimes online is sex crimes, and many of these sex crimes in Oklahoma are directed at children. Anyone who is being investigated or who has already been arrested for this crime needs to seek the immediate help of an experienced Oklahoma internet sex crime defense lawyer, and below is a brief overview of this issue.
WIDELY INCLUSIVE LAWS REGARDING INTERNET SEX CRIMES IN OKLAHOMA
Oklahoma has passed a strict and wide-ranging law that deals with Oklahoma Internet sex crimes, and this law not only details what type of conduct would be considered a violation of this statute, but also which parties can be found to have allegedly violated it. Generally, the statute is written to provide law enforcement with as much leeway as they need to initiate an investigation and ultimately to make an arrest.
For instance, anyone who attempts to make contact with a minor for the purpose of soliciting sexual contact can be found in violation of this law. In addition, this attempt at contact does not need to be successful, and it does not need to occur specifically on the Internet. It can be done via cell phones, text messaging devices or even digital cameras. The law also explicitly states that law enforcement officials can pose as minors in order to receive these contact attempts from suspects.
Third parties can also be held liable for breaking this law. Anyone who provides information regarding the whereabouts of a minor, any contact information for a minor or even a physical description of a minor can also be found to have violated this statute and he or she can be arrested and charged with the same crime.
AN OKLAHOMA CITY INTERNET SEX CRIMES LAWYER CAN HELP
Finally, and perhaps most importantly, if someone is convicted of this charge, he or she will face up to 10 years in prison and a $10,000 fine. Each attempted contact can draw this same penalty upon a conviction, which means that someone who has made multiple contact attempts could face a lifetime of incarceration.
If you or someone you love faces this charge, you need to seek the help of Oklahoma City criminal defense attorneys who have been fighting for the rights of the accused for many years. Contact Atkins & Markoff today to schedule an initial consultation.