What are Internet Crimes?
Internet Crimes, by definition, are crimes that a person commits while online. In other words, crimes and criminal activity that makes use of the internet in some capacity. Technically this can refer to a wide range of criminal activities, including child pornography, human trafficking , prostitution, revenge porn, and even fraud.
Nearly every day news headlines report Michigan and federal task forces arresting yet another citizen for child pornography or solicitation of a child through the internet. Law enforcement officers often pose as children or underaged teens online, fishing for criminal activity on social media sites. For those ensnared in such a sting operation, these charges can lead to a loss of freedom, family, and a reputation for rendezvous with a minor that never even happened. With prison time and sex offender registration on the table, you need the advantage of a criminal defense team that focuses often on these types of offenses.
When police officers use illegal strategies to investigate a person for possible involvement in an internet crime, an experienced criminal defense attorney can make all the difference to your case. Therefore, in these types of cases where police officers pretend to be children, luring people into illicit interactions, there are often entrapment issues. However, not every internet sting operation counts as entrapment.
In Michigan, the basic definition of “entrapment” is when the government acts or entices an individual to commit a crime that otherwise never would have occurred. Internet sex crime cases are complex and there are many possible defenses. It will take the assistance of a skilled defense team to avoid a long prison sentence.
Child Pornography is referred to under Michigan law as Child Sexuallly Abusive Material. This includes any images or recordings of a person who is under the age of 18 engaging in illicit sexual activity. This means intercourse, erotic fondling, sadomasochistic abuse, masturbation, passive sexual involvement, sexual excitement, or erotic nudity.
Child Pornography or kiddie porn, is illegal and is a crime taken very seriously by Federal and state of Michigan prosecutors. Crimes relating to child pornography include Possession of Child Sexually Abusive Materials, Production of Child Sexually Abusive Materials, Distribution or Sales of Child Sexually Abusive Materials, and Enticement of a child to participate in Child Sexually Abusive Materials. While Michigan takes these crimes very seriously, the Federal government punishes them even more harshly.
The penalties for people convicted of kiddie porn related crimes are very harsh. In addition to decades in prison, there is pain it will cause your family, the loss of your freedom, and the long term damage to your reputation to consider. In addition, there is the fact that you are likely to be placed on the state sex offender registry, which will affect you ability to rebuild a life for yourself.
For all of these reasons and more, you need a strong, experienced and respected criminal defense attorney on your side. It is essential to have an attorney representing you who is experienced with these types of cases. Child porn defenses sometimes involve complex technical analysis and our office regularly works with top computer analysts to form our defense strategies. Our attorneys have been defending people accused of child porn offenses and other sex offenses for many years. Contact us immediately at 1 866-766-5245. We can help you.
The term ‘revenge porn‘ refers to the act of making sexually explicit images and videos of someone public without their consent, as an act of revenge. In most cases, the images or videos are uploaded to the internet, usually to social media websites or to websites specifically designed for sharing ‘homemade’, or amateur pornography. In some cases, people have been known to use the images, along with their former partner’s information, to create false advertisements for escort services on sites like Backpage.com and Craigslist.
This is done expressly to humiliate, shame or intimidate someone, usually after they have ended a relationship. In most cases, the images and videos were taken or shared consensually during the course of the relationship. However, once the relationship has ended, the person who felt “jilted” then gets revenge by posting the pictures and videos to public forums online.
Because revenge porn, like most forms of criminal activity involving the internet, is a rather recent phenomenon, the law is often slow to catch up. Currently there are no federal laws outlawing revenge porn, but several states have taken it upon themselves to outlaw this form of sexual harassment. Michigan is no different.
In April of 2016, Senate Bills 924 & 925 were signed into law, making it illegal in Michigan to “intentionally disseminate sexually explicit visual material of another person.” Under current Michigan law revenge porn is a misdemeanor offense with a $500 fine for the first offense and $1,000 for all subsequent offenses.
Defending Against Internet Crimes – Our Firm’s Way
THE KRONZEK FIRM criminal defense team has a long history of aggressively defending internet sex crime cases, both in and out of the courtroom . We utilize various expert witnesses specializing in computer technology and other areas that allow us to provide a state of the art criminal defense. Over our nearly quarter century history, we have produced many impressive case results for our clients, including dismissals and acquittals.
Internet crimes are charged in both state and federal courts. Our attorneys are well-versed in the nuances of both. Having attorneys who can represent you on both fronts is essential in your efforts to avoid jail and prison.
Not only do we prevent the criminal justice system from eroding our client’s rights, but we stand with our clients every step of the way. We believe in working with our clients, and not just for them. We also apply a team approach where various attorneys in the firm review and offer input on our cases. Sympathetic to the plight of the falsely accused, we are diligent and determined to clear our client’s names.
When faced with crimes of this magnitude, it is in your best interest to obtain experienced legal counsel immediately. Every day a defendant waits to hire a criminal defense attorney presents an opportunity for costly mistakes to happen. We offer a free consultation for those considering retaining our services. Our attorneys are available by appointment and are on-call 24/7 in case of emergencies. The Kronzek Firm’s attorneys represent clients all over the Lower Peninsula of Michigan including Metro Detroit, Grand Rapids, Lansing, Muskegon, Livingston County, Kalamazoo, Flint, The Thumb, Bay County and more.
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