Internet Sex Crimes Attorney in Traverse City
Using a Computer to Commit a Sex Crime in Michigan
The charge of using a computer to commit a sex crime carries very serious penalties if you are convicted. These charges can be difficult to prove, due to the nature of technology and evidence. As a successful sex crime attorney, Patrick S. Fragel, Attorney at Law, P.C. immediately investigates your version of the story, interviews witnesses, inspects evidence, and takes whatever steps are needed to fight the charges. These charges can devastate our family and career, so you need a smart, tough attorney who is willing to fight for you.
"Computer" Is Defined to Include Cell Phones & Tablets
As part of your defense, we investigate and examine evidence beyond the police report. Our investigation includes cell phone records, location history, and any forensic evidence that tends to establish your innocence. We are not afraid to confront false testimony and discredit incomplete or inaccurate evidence.
The crime of using a computer to commit a sex crime has a broad definition of “computer.” It includes any computer, game device, cellular telephone, tablet, PDA, or any other handheld device. Essentially, any device with a computing function, and/or connects to the internet will be considered a computer for purposes of this crime.
Consecutive Sentencing for Using a Computer to Commit a Crime in Michigan
If you are convicted of using a computer to commit a sex crime, and the underlying sex crime, you face consecutive sentencing. This means you first serve the sentence on the underlying crime, and then begin serving the sentence on the computer crime. Once on probation or parole, you will have little or no use of a computer.
Online Sex Crimes in Michigan
An element of using a computer to commit a sex crime includes prohibited sexual conduct. You may get caught up in undercover chat-room sting involving minors. Possessing or sharing explicit photos of minors is the most serious offense committed via a computer. In a single keystroke, you can find yourself facing a life offense. These simple acts have lifelong effects on your education, family and career. If you or a loved one are in such a bind, you need successful Traverse City criminal defense lawyer immediately.
Below is a summary of Michigan internet sex crimes that are committed with the aid of computer. If convicted of any of these offenses, you are required to register as a sex offender, listing your name, address, work place, school, and even the vehicles you use.
- Using a computer to communicate with another to commit a sex crime: 10, 15, or 20 years to life in prison, depending on the age of the victim and facts of the case.
- Sexually abusive material depicting a child: Knowingly producing, distributing, or possessing child sexually abusive material. Punishable by up to 20 years in prison depending on the facts of the case.
- Soliciting a minor for immoral purposes: Punishable by up to 4 years in prison.
- Cyber harassment: Posting information on the internet about a person, through any means of communication that you know could cause harm or harassment to the other person. Punishable by up to 2 years in prison.
- Video voyeurism: Photographing a person naked or while scantily dressed when the person has a reasonable expectation of privacy. Punishable by up to 5 years in prison.
Patrick S. Fragel is a former prosecutor. He welcomes questions concerning the defense of internet sex crime in Michigan. Having defended hundreds of criminal cases, no case it too tough for him. Patrick S. Fragel practices criminal defense throughout Michigan, with his main office being in Traverse City. If you are being investigated or have been charged with a sex crime, call Patrick at (231) 244-1420 for straight answers.
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