CAN I GET IN TROUBLE FOR ILLEGAL ACTIVITY IN A CHAT ROOM?
This is a relatively easy question to answer…of course, the answer is yes. However, authorities sometimes run into one problem is proving who the person is actually on the chat.
Law enforcement typically poses as an underage person and attempts to engage persons in the chat room to engage in illegal activity. Whether meeting face-to-face to engage in sex or sending pictures back and forth, the police have their tactics to try and trap unwary chatters poised to engage in illegal activity.
Once law enforcement believes that something illegal has taken place or believes that the person on the other end of the computer has illicit photos or video on their computer, they will figure out whose IP address is involved and pay that person a visit in person with a search warrant.
One of the biggest weapons the police typically have is the element of surprise and authority. They successfully get people to incriminate themselves when they show up at their homes in force with guns drawn.
It is my experience that most people are so rattled and taken by surprise that they tell the police everything they need to know to prosecute them. If you have been arrested and given a statement, then your best bet at this point is to find a seasoned local criminal defense attorney and hire them to begin the process of turning the tide in your favor and taking the necessary damage control steps to deal with your complex legal situation.
WHAT SHOULD YOU BE AWARE NOT TO SAY IN A CHAT ROOM ON THE INTERNET?
The bottom line is that if you are going into a chat room to be involved in any illegal activity, you are playing “Russian Roulette” with your rights and freedom. Law enforcement knows that many individuals who prey on those under 18 years of age go into these chat rooms.
I have seen clients chatting with FBI agents and giving them all they need to prosecute them. I have also seen parents of young minors finding conversations between clients and their children on the computer.
The parents then alert law enforcement, who traces the offender's IP address and later shows up at their home armed with a search warrant and seizes all their computers, phones, etc.
Chat rooms are like shooting fish in a barrel for the FBI and other law enforcement agencies. In today's modern world, law enforcement is becoming more sophisticated in its pursuit to ferret out criminal activity.
CAN THE POLICE LIE TO YOU IN A CHAT ROOM?
The police lie all of the time in chat rooms about who they are and why they are there. One significant objective that I see them trying to accomplish is to get the person they are talking to out of the chat room to meet them so they can show their level of danger level to the public and arrest them for a more severe crime than one related to a chat room conversation.
The police lie all the time in the pursuit of trying to catch those people they deem as sexual predators. They make up stories and use images to catch their prey, and they will even pursue someone they believe is predisposed to commit a sex-related offense inside or outside a chat room.
Under most circumstances, their tactics are permitted because they fall under the auspices of trying to do their job.
However, there are circumstances where the police go too far in the pursuit of trying to catch what they believe are sex offenders. Suppose the person they are talking to is not predisposed to commit a sex offense. It is the police who initiate everything and create a crime where none would generally have existed. In that case, it is the police who start everything and make a crime where none would generally have existed; then, this is a scenario where the entrapment defense can be used quite effectively.
An excellent example of creating a crime on the Internet where none would have existed is when the police tell a person on Craig's List that if they bring ecstasy to meet with a woman, the guy will get lucky. This will sometimes cause the guy to get a drug he would have never messed with to be with a woman. I have seen many scenarios like this one and have successfully defended them.
SEX CRIME DEFENSE ATTORNEYS
Our Los Angeles Sex Crime Defense Attorneys are available to help you and stand in your corner if you are facing sex crime charges involving chat rooms.
Chat rooms are tools people may use to draw minors into sexual engagements. The use of chat rooms to distribute or display sexually arousing material to a minor is illegal.
Most people are caught through government sting operations, where undercover law enforcement poses as a minor and sees the perpetrator committing a sex crime through the use of chat rooms.
Facing such charges can be intimidating and also humiliating. If you or someone you know is facing such orders, we, as your attorneys, will be aggressive and persistent in the defense strategies we use to get results in your favor.
A sex crime charge such as chat room charges can change your life forever, and our main objective is to get your charges dismissed or reduced. Contact our Los Angeles sex crime defense attorneys and set up a free consultation; we will immediately get started on your case.