Sexting can lead to felony sex crimes charges

Baltimore residents can get arrested for engaging in a behavior called sexting. Sexting is the act of sending and/or receiving a text message by cellphone that is sexually explicit in nature. The messages might include video content, imagines or words. Mobile phone users in Maryland need to be aware of sexting and what kinds of sexting is considered to be illegal.

Recently, teenagers have been in the news a lot regarding sexting activities, and Maryland law enforcement officials have elevated the level of policing they are doing with regard to teenagers and texting. Maryland residents should know that both teens and adults can get in trouble with the law for engaging in sexting.

Anyone who has child pornography on their cellphone can get arrested — that includes teenagers themselves — whether they have created, possess or are distributing the pornography. Those who send suggestive and/or sexually explicit text messages to minors can get arrested for a sex abuse charge relating to exploitation of a minor.

Sending a text message to anyone can result in problems. Teens can face felony child pornography chargesand so can adults. Maryland residents who have been accused of such sex crimes may wish to contract a highly experienced sex crimes attorney to defend them against the charges in court. At the Law Offices of James E. Crawford, Jr., we are available to help you with all your sex crimes defense needs.

Every sex crimes charge is different. Therefore, each case in which an individual is charged with such crimes must be analyzed closely to determine the best strategies for defense. Strategies may include defending against the charges in an effort to obtain a verdict of not guilty, or getting the charges dropped or dismissed. Other strategies may include plea bargaining to obtain a reduction in the severity of sentencing. Plea bargaining strategies are typically employed when there is a likelihood that the individual will be found guilty of the crime.