Sexually Explicit Texts to Minors
Smartphones have made it so easy. And repeatedly, in homes across the country, it has happened over and over. A teenage girl sends an inappropriate picture that she thinks she’s only sharing with her boyfriend. But he sends it to his friends.
And the picture gets texted to others, and others and others. It is a nightmare scenario for the teenage girl and for her family. But, what happens to the boyfriend who sent the photo to his friends? The nightmare for him may just be beginning.
Charges can be brought. These are tough, life-altering changes that can ruin his life. All it takes is one click of the phone and the teen may enter the world of a convicted sex offender. This is because, in many jurisdictions, that is exactly what can happen to someone who possesses and distributes pornographic images of minors.
So, if you are a parent, have a talk with your teens. For them, sending photos and text messages is the way they have grown up. To them, it may be nothing to send a graphic photo.
But it can ruin the lives of teens and their families.
If you or your teenager has been charged with sending sexually explicit text messages or graphic images to a person under 18, or sending images of a minor to other people, you need to make an immediate phone call to criminal defense lawyer Michael Anzalone.
He can help you out of what can be a very messy legal web.
The scenario described between two teens is known as sexting. Many states have adopting so-called “sexting” laws but in New Hampshire, there isn’t one yet. So, if you are convicted of possessing, creating, distributing or transmitting nude or graphic images that involve minors, you will be in big-time trouble.
Under the state’s statute, RSA 649-A, you could be sent to jail for up to 20 years. And creating or manufacturing that kind of material could bring a sentence of up to 30 years. And you may have to register as a sex offender, which would truly turn your life upside down.
So, you see how quickly your life can take a devastating turn.
If you are sending graphic images to a minor, you can also be charged under the aforementioned statute.
Child porn will bring severe charges. It can consist of creating materials that depict minors engaging in sexual activity, or possessing this kind of material or even distributing it.
The first thing you need to do if you have been accused of sending graphic images to minors, you should immediately contact criminal defense lawyer Michael Anzalone.
Anzalone and his associates at The Anzalone Law Firm in Nashua, New Hampshire, are here to help you.
We will make your case a top priority. Your attorney will dig into the evidence to try to determine how strong the prosecutor’s case is. If it’s really strong, he may suggest a plea deal in which you plead guilty in exchange for lesser charges.
Or, he may recommend going to trial.
At any rate, you should get this process started by contacting us at 603.548.3797 for a free consultation.