Internet Sex Crimes

The Penalties For Internet Sex Offenses Are Severe

If you are facing Internet sex crime charges, you could be charged in either state or federal court. The lawyer you hire in these very serious cases should have extensive experience in state and federal court because sometimes Internet sex cases in the state courts are later picked up by the federal courts. At The Law Office of John J. Leunig, we provide aggressive federal and state defense in all sex crime cases. Penalties for Internet sex crimes involving children often involve lengthy prison sentences and steep fines. These types of cases are aggressively prosecuted due to their predatory nature, and in addition to the possibility of a long prison sentence, there are many other consequences. If convicted, you will be required to register as a sex offender on the predatory offender list in Minnesota and on national sex offender registries. Even if you never touched a child, you could be required to register as a sex offender. Sex offender registration is a game changer and will make every aspect of your life more difficult.In over a quarter of a century practicing criminal defense, attorney John J. Leunig has handled dozens of these cases. They are some of the most difficult cases to defend, but handled properly, the results can be excellent. Even in cases where guilt appears obvious, a skilled attorney can successfully negotiate a favorable result. Cases in this arena often draw on more than just guilt or innocence. They involve getting to know the clients and their backgrounds, getting them into appropriate treatment, gathering letters of support from family and friends, and ultimately using the art of persuasion to convince a judge that justice requires something other than just a long prison sentence.

Use Of The Internet May Trigger Federal Charges

Internet sex crimes and related offenses can include:

  • Possession or distribution of child pornography
  • Soliciting a minor online/electronic solicitation of children
  • Inducing a minor for prostitution
  • Sexual assault
  • Online solicitation of an adult
  • Sex trafficking online
  • Texting or sexting with a minor/communication of sexually explicit materials to children

The use of the Internet or phone in the commission of these offenses may result in federal wire fraud charges. You could also be charged with state crimes for the sexual abuse of a child.

In Internet-related cases, we often work with computer forensic experts to determine what evidence exists and whether it is admissible at trial. We will also determine whether law enforcement violated your constitutional rights when investigating you, arresting you or gathering evidence. Entrapment is also sometimes an issue in online solicitation cases.

Regardless of the circumstances, we use all available resources to forge a defense, whether it is to attack the state’s case on the merits in a trial or to orchestrate the presentation of the case to the prosecution and court to show that our client has been proactive, has support of family and friends, and is a good candidate for a lenient disposition. We take these cases very seriously and leave no stone unturned in seeking justice for clients.

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