Most people are familiar with the fact that teens and tweens are using the internet more than any generation before them. Gone are the days of having one social media page, now children are connected on numerous sites with people from all over the world. While this opens up a lot of opportunity for teenagers, it can also become dangerous.

The recent symposium focused on discussing common cyber crimes with the teenagers including:

  • Cyber Bullying
  • Child Exploitation
  • Child Pornography
  • “Sextortion”
  • Cyber Stalking

While each of these internet related crimes sounds threatening, many teens have actually found themselves committing these crimes. For example, a teenager who sends a nude photograph to another student has just created and distributed child pornography. A mean spirited comment on a Facebook picture from a friend may become a cyber bullying charge, and looking up the high school quarterback on social media may become cyber stalking. That is why it is important for today’s youth to understand the consequences of seemingly harmless actions in the digital era.

Internet Crimes: Distinguished

Internet crimes are different from other types of crime because it can be more difficult to determine who was the actual perpetrator of the crime. Furthermore, with phising scams and malware, it is not uncommon for someone to be “framed” for an internet crime that doesn’t actually exist. This means that the legal landscape is incredibly complicated and the laws are constantly changing.

Someone may unintentionally violate the law but find themselves in the midst of very serious charges. For this reason, investigations and prosecution of internet crimes can be drawn out, stressful and emotional.

Hiring an Attorney

That is why it is important to hire an attorney that is qualified and experienced working on internet crime cases. Only those who are familiar with internet crimes will understand the unique opportunities for investigation that will produce helpful evidence for the defense. Furthermore, an attorney with experience may be able predict with more accuracy the likely outcome of the case so that the client can choose the best option available to him.

If you or a loved one has been charged with an internet crime in Los Angeles, California, we invite you to contact the Kestenbaum Law Group at (818) 616-4312. We have years of experience working internet crimes and can help to build a defense and fight the charged alleged against you.