Chat Rooms & Internet Sex Crimes
Understanding Chat Room Crimes
In this day and age, many people around the world conduct their day-to-day transactions via the internet. The internet allows businesses to reach a broader customer base, allows families to stay connected, allows friends to talk without making costly telephone calls, and via chat rooms, the internet allows people of all ages to meet friends and socialize. Chat rooms have also opened a door for sexual predators to meet minors, often with the sole purpose of engaging in some form of online, or in person, sexual activity.
Make no mistake, California has a number of laws which are directly related to sex crimes via the internet and law enforcement officials crack down hard on individuals who are suspected of seducing minors in internet chat rooms. In fact,
California Penal Code 288.3 states that any adult who communicates with a minor, or attempts to communicate with a minor, with the intent to commit a sexual act, is committing a sex crime. California Penal Code 288.4 makes it illegal for an adult to arrange a meeting with a minor for the purpose to engaging in
indecent exposure, or any number of sex crimes.
The severity of the alleged chat room crime will determine whether or not your case will be tried in state or federal court. Either way, you need an experienced San Francisco criminal defense attorney from the criminal law firm of Okabe & Haushalter on your side. Our lawyers have represented clients in all manner of sex crime cases. We understand the sensitivity required in such cases, which is why we take a strategic, yet head-on approach, when building your defense. Before you speak with law enforcement officials, and regardless of any evidence against you, you have the right to high-quality legal counsel.
It is not uncommon for law enforcement to carry out sting operations in chat rooms, in an attempt to lure people into contacting or setting up a meeting with an officer, or other individual, who is pretending to be a minor. Our managing attorney, Ryan King, understands how law enforcement officials and the prosecution prepare and present charges in such cases, because he is a former Deputy District Attorney for the Los Angeles County District Attorney's office. His experience as a prosecutor, and the fact that he has been lead trial counsel in a number of serious, and extremely challenging sex crime cases, gives our firm a unique perspective and decided advantage when preparing an aggressive defense for our clients.
Enlist a Fierce San Francisco Criminal Defense Attorney
We know how terrifying it can be to face chat room sex crime charges, especially because we understand how much of an impact a sex crime conviction can make on your life, your family, and your future. That is why our attorneys are committed to preserving your reputation and rights. We work on a one-on-one basis with you, in order to develop a more complete understanding of your unique case, so that we can provide you with an effective criminal defense.
Our firm has a tradition of success, which has been brought about due to our hard work and dedication to putting the best interests and rights of our clients first. In recognition of our accomplishments, we have been listed by Los Angeles Super Lawyers magazine as being Super Lawyers for more than five consecutive years. We have also been honored to be listed as Rising Stars, an honor afforded to less than two and a half percent of all lawyers in the state.
Our involvement in numerous high-profile criminal cases, including the Michael Jackson case, the OJ Simpson robbery case, and others, has also brought us recognition as legal analysts for CNN, Headline news, CBS, NBC, ABC, and other local stations.