Federal Sex Crimes – Child Pornography

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As a federal sex crimes lawyer Salt Lake City, UT residents’ know and trust, we at Rasmussen & Miner, have been helping accused men and women fight their sex crime charges. Best of all, we have successfully been able to have many clients’ charges reduced, dropped, or dismissed. 

Sometimes, even good people find themselves caught in an unthinkable situation. When that happens, you may feel as though you have nowhere to turn. Being charged with a federal sex crime is a very serious situation and it’s important to have an experienced and knowledgeable attorney at your side, to help you navigate the ins and outs of state and federal charges.

Has This Happened to You?

One evening, there was a knock on your door. Enforcement officers from either the Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) or the FBI stood on your porch demanding access to your computers. They searched your home, left with your computers, gave you a business card, and told you to expect child pornography charges to be filed against you.

If this has happened to you, you might be feeling alone or afraid. You might wonder how these serious charges could affect your life, or whether anyone is willing to help you. Even though you may feel paralyzed with fear and confusion, this is a time for quick and decisive action. You need an advocate, someone who will stand with you and help you navigate the many confusing choices you now face.

What Happens Next?

Each situation is unique, and dependent upon a number of factors. Internet crimes and child pornography crimes can sometimes be prosecuted twice, once on a state level, and another in federal courts. If charges were brought by ICAC, they are more likely to be state charges, while the FBI is more likely to level federal charges. Accusations of distribution often come with federal charges as well. Federal charges are generally more serious, and call for more incarceration time. It is crucial to have an ally who is familiar with the differences in charges and can approach each court effectively.

Federal Sex Crimes

Any sex crime such as rape, child pornography, or soliciting minors will be prosecuted by the district attorneys in Salt Lake City. However, there are several sex crimes that the federal   government will take jurisdiction. Usually, these involve offenses that cross state lines. This offense could be a physical transportation of a person across the borders for illegal sex, or virtually engaging or distributing illegal sexual material. 

Some of the most common federal sex crimes include:

  • Child pornography
  • Child sexual exploitation
  • Sex trafficking
  • Computer sex crimes
  • Kidnapping with the purpose of committing a sex crime
  • Sex tourism
  • + More

Usually, when it comes to any federal sex crime, there will be a very long, thourough investigation carrioud out by the United States Department of Justice and/or the FBI, as well as law enforcement agencies. 

Whether you have been arrested after a nationwide sweep or individual investigation, being indicted and tried by the U.S. The District Court of Utah is a very serious undertaking. In general, you will want a federal sex crimes lawyer in Salt Lake City, UT on your side. At Rasmussen & Miner, we have the necessary experience in representing defendants who are facing challenging federal sex crime charges. 

Human Trafficking 

Although child pornography and child sexual exploitation are two of the most common federal sex crimes, human trafficking is also a related charge that can be filed under federal statutes. This involves the transportation of people for the purpose of prostitution. This is illegal and can be prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney. 

Federal Sex Crime Investigations

Today, federal sex crimes benefit from an extensive, lengthy investigation before and after an arrest. The investigation process tends to relate specifically to the sale or possession of child pornography, as well as online enticement, and traveling for the purpose of an illegal sexual act. These cases are heavily persecuted and carry enormous penalties. In general, once a person has been arrested, there will be extensive evidence against them. 

The Sex Offender Registry

If a person is arrested, charged, and convicted of a federal sex crime, they will likley have to register as a sex offender. Because there is no federal registry, they will do so at the state level. Even if the offender moves out of state, they may have to register in their new state. 

Sex crimes are very serious. It is important you choose a leading Salt Lake City. UT federal sex crimes lawyer who has the necessary experience needed to handle these cases. If you are facing any federal sex crime, do not delay in calling our firm. 

Finding an Ally in Northern Utah

Know that there is hope. In Salt Lake City, you can find an advocate in Rasmussen and Miner. Our experienced, compassionate attorneys understand that everyone needs help sometimes. We know that most people charged with child pornography crimes have never been found guilty of any sex crimes before. Rest assured, your circumstances will be held in the closest confidence and you will be treated with respect and dignity. Our legal team will explore every avenue to build an objective, fact-based case on your behalf, and negotiate the best possible outcome for you. You need to get on with your life and put the past behind you. Contact Rasmussen and Miner today if you need an experienced Utah sex crimes defense lawyer.

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