At the end of September, Rep. Jud McMillin of Indiana resigned from office after a graphic sex video was distributed from his cellphone.

Following his resignation, it was revealed that McMillin sat on a committee earlier in 2015 that declined to hear legislation that would have led to the criminalization of revenge porn, otherwise known as the unauthorized distribution of video or photos that depict individuals engaging in sexual acts or in a state of nudity.

After the illicit material was sent from McMillin’s phone, he released statements that said that his phone had been stolen in Canada, suggesting that the video was released without his consent.

While upwards of 20 states in the country have passed legislation that criminalizes revenge porn, Indiana is unfortunately not one of them. The last time the state considered reviewing such legislation was January 2015, but it ended with the very committee that McMillin served on.

Due to the rise of digital content and the advent of social media, people are increasingly accused of coordinating cyber-related or internet-related crimes. When these types of situations arise, it is important to seek the help of an attorney who specializes in defending clients in these types of matters.

Internet Crime Defense

Internet crimes, also known as ‘cyber crimes’, are criminal offenses committed using the Internet, or those aided by some form of computer technology, like social networking. As a result of the fairly recent innovations in Internet and cyber technology, these types of legal situations are relatively new, and people can often be quick to accuse when unwanted information is distributed on the World Wide Web.

Although the scope of Internet crimes is still quite broad, situations that often lead to criminal cyber cases include:

  • Cyber or phishing scams
  • Sexting
  • Cyberbullying
  • Identity theft
  • Distributing sexual content without consent

Laws governing these types of crimes vary on a state-by-state basis. In many jurisdictions, Internet crime is considered a felony, and can carry significant penalties, including jail time.

If you or someone you love has been accused of committing, or has been charged with, an Internet crime, it is imperative that you enlist the help of an experienced and knowledgeable criminal defense attorney.

At the Kestenbaum Law Group, our attorneys are well versed in the nuances of cyber and Internet law in the state of California. We understand that these types of situations are still very new, and that it is easy to wrongfully or unjustly accuse another party of wrongdoing in the vastness of the World Wide Web. Our attorneys are highly experienced in criminal defense, and can provide the aggressive representation that you need during this stressful time.

We are committed to helping build your defense. To discuss your criminal defense case with one of our qualified attorneys, give us a call at (818) 616-4312.