January 15, 2013 /24-7PressRelease/
-- Internet use being restricted for those accused of sex crimes
When a person is arrested for committing a crime, there is often a period of confusion and uncertainty. Police may question the person that they arrested in the hopes that he or she will give them the information they need to support a conviction. If the crime is a very serious or high-profile incident, the situation will become even more stressful, and the consequences of a conviction much more severe.
For individuals charged with sex crimes, there are often additional punishments put in place that will last long after the prison sentence has been completed. This may include registering as a sex offender, as well as restrictions on where an individual may live or work.
If a computer was used to commit these crimes, either to manufacture or possess child pornography or to pursue potential victims online, the potential punishments may also include a restriction on internet usage. Individuals may be prohibited from owning a computer, or may need to take detailed notes about the websites they visit. They may also have their searches monitored by law enforcement.
In several jurisdictions, there have been attempts to extend the limitations on computer and internet usage to additional sex crimes that occurred without the use of a computer. Several court cases have challenged these sentences, and often the decision depends on a close review of the facts. In one case, a man used a phone to try to lure a minor into committing a sex act. He was convicted, and he was banned from using a computer or the internet without prior permission.
Some states have taken this issue directly to the people. In California, voters recently passed a proposal that would require all sex offenders, regardless of the crime they committed, to disclose to authorities their internet service provider information, as well as any usernames that they use online.
Privacy advocates contend that these restrictions are preventing individuals from being able to exercise free speech. Because the crimes did not involve the use of the internet, they feel that the penalties are overly restrictive. Those convicted are being forced to comply with requirements that would not seem to match up with the facts present in their case.
If you have been charged with a sex crime, you need to take the matter seriously. Police and law enforcement will try to get as much information from you as they can to help them build their case. Speak to an experienced criminal defense attorney as soon as possible to help you protect yourself against these accusations. While it may be tempting to plead guilty and put the matter behind you, the consequences of a conviction for a sex crime can last the rest of your life.
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