New Jersey Computer Crimes Lawyer
Experienced Criminal Attorney Helps Clients in Camden, Gloucester, Burlington, Atlantic, Salem, Mercer, and Cape May County, and Throughout NJ
When you decide to type words into a search engine or “surf the internet” for images and videos, you may not stop to think about the consequences of your actions. But clicking on the wrong link or file can lead to you being charged with various computer sex crimes that can result in serious penalties such as prison time, fines, sex offender registration requirements, and parole supervision for life. New Jersey classifies computer and internet sex crimes as felonies, meaning that convictions automatically result in sex offender registration requirements. New Jersey law enforcement officials are extremely vigilant in looking out for potential computer sex crime activity and frequently monitor online forums, chatrooms, and social networking sites to identify people who may be engaged in unlawful activity; investigators also often engage in sting operations against people they suspect may engage in unlawful activity online.
If you have been arrested for and charged with computer crimes in New Jersey, you need a skilled criminal defense attorney on your side to protect your rights and interests. Contact South Jersey criminal defense attorney Jill Cohen today to discuss your rights and options for facing your computer crimes charges and how Attorney Cohen can help you seek the best possible resolution to your case.
Internet Sex Crimes in New Jersey
There are a number of computer sex crimes under New Jersey law. Some of the conduct that may lead to your arrest and prosecution include:
- Child pornography charges: The law prohibits the possession, copying, or dissemination of any audiovisual material that depicts minors engaging in sexual activity or simulated sexual activity. It is not a defense to child pornography charges to claim that you didn’t know that the subjects of photos or video were minors or that you didn’t intend to share those materials
- Online luring: New Jersey’s criminal statutes also prohibit the act of arranging a meeting with a minor for the purposes of engaging in sexual activity
- Lewd communication: New Jersey law further makes it illegal for anyone to communicate with a minor on the internet in a lewd manner
- Endangering the welfare of a child: Many computer crimes cases also involve charges of endangering the welfare of a child. The endangering statute prohibits any activity that tends “impair or debauch the morals of a minor”. Conduct such as engaging in sexual activity with a minor, filming or photographing a minor engaging in sexual activity or simulated sexual activity, or knowingly distributing materials depicting children being abused or exploited have all been charged under the endangering the welfare of a child statute. Particularly egregious conduct can even result in first-degree indictable offense charges
Even accidental or innocent actions can receive serious criminal charges that can lead to harsh mandatory prison sentences and other consequences. This is why it is critical for you to have experienced, knowledgeable legal representation who can move swiftly to help you resolve your charges before trial so that you don’t face the maximum penalties available under your charges.
Skilled Criminal Defense Lawyer Jill Cohen Represents Clients Facing Computer Crimes
Even being charged with a computer or internet sex crime can irreparably harm your personal and professional life. In order to mitigate the damage that facing computer crimes can have, you need an experienced criminal defense attorney who understands computer and internet technology and who can competently challenge the prosecution’s evidence in your case. Criminal defense lawyer Jill Cohen has extensive experience representing clients facing charges of computer and internet crimes; she works with experts in computer and internet technology to evaluate the state’s evidence. And being thoroughly knowledgeable about the New Jersey criminal justice system, she can potentially challenge the admissibility of evidence in your case by arguing the unconstitutionality of law enforcement’s investigation and search tactics in your case.
The state has considerable resources ready to invest in investigating and prosecuting you for computer crimes. A conviction will lead to the loss of your freedom and serious impacts on your future ability to find a job or housing. That is why you need a criminal defense attorney like Jill Cohen who has the legal knowledge, experiences, and resources necessary to fight to defend your rights and interests.
Schedule a Free Case Review with The Law Office of Jill R. Cohen Today If You’ve Been Charged with Internet Sex Crimes
If you or a family member have been arrested for and charged with computer crimes in New Jersey, you need to act quickly if you want to defend your freedom and your future. A strong legal strategy may make the difference in securing a favorable outcome to your computer crimes charges. Contact The Law Office of Jill R. Cohen today to schedule a free, no-obligation initial case evaluation to discuss your legal rights and options in your computer crimes case and to learn more about how Attorney Jill Cohen can help you when you’ve been arrested on charges of computer crimes.
Frequently Asked Questions about Computer Crimes in New Jersey
Many computer sex crimes will require you to register as a sex offender, either for a term of years or potentially even for the rest of your life. In addition to a sex offender registration requirement, you may also be subject to judicial supervision for the rest of your life, which can impose additional restrictions and requirements upon you.
Yes. Even if you haven’t been formally arrested or charged with computer crimes but merely suspect that you are being investigated for such offenses, it is critical that you speak with a knowledgeable criminal defense attorney who has extensive experience representing clients facing technology-related crimes. Moving quickly to secure evidence to build a strong legal defense on your behalf might help you avoid the disruption and stigma of an arrest or criminal charge or at least put yourself in a good position to seek a favorable outcome in the event you are arrested and charged with computer crimes.