child sexting charges: how an attorney will help

by Meta Kiehn 6 min read

What happens if a child sends inappropriate pictures?

Anyone who sends or possesses explicit photos of minors risks criminal charges of child pornography and could potentially be required to register as a sex offender, even if those pictures were sent and received consensually.

Is sexting considered harassment?

People may assume that anything goes in private communications. However, California law prohibits workplace sexual harassment even when it takes the form of sexting or emails.

What happens to a victim of sexting?

The current study found that victims of abusive sexting also presented higher levels of intra- and interpersonal problems, also experienced more abuse and neglect in the past, and also engaged more frequently in aggressiveness, when compared to youth who did not have such an experience.

What are 5 legal implications of sexting?

Sexting can result in significant fines, especially if the teen is convicted of a child pornography charge. Fines can easily exceed $5,000. Probation. An adult convicted of sexting can also face probation of at least 12 months, but typically longer.

Is sexting a federal crime?

Are there federal laws against sexting? Yes. As mentioned, sexting often involves solicitation, sexual exploitation, coercion, obscene representation of a minor, and the creation of sexually explicit images. These are all federal offenses, see the explanation below.

What are 3 consequences of sexting?

Sexting can have potential emotional consequences like:Regret.Objectification/victimization.Bullying.Depression.Sadness.Social isolation.Loss of friendships.Loss of respect for yourself.More items...

What can parents do about sexting?

Speak openly and as early as possible. Speak to your children openly about sexual issues, including sexting. Yes, it is uncomfortable and awkward. Undoubtedly part of you will feel that your child is 'too young' to be exposed to such issues.

Is sexting a mental illness?

Significant association between sexting and symptoms of depression, impulsivity, and substance abuse but not when adjusted for other variables: sexting is not a marker of mental health. Significant relationship between depression and engagement in sexting.

What type of harassment is sexting?

With the introduction of “sexting” in employment law, employers must now address issues arising from “textual harassment.” The use of text messaging in this manner is simply another form of sexual harassment. It is no different from harassment via e-mail, which was dubbed “e-harassment” by one court.

Is sending dirty pictures illegal?

If a sexual or suggestive picture of an adult is shared among consenting adults in the State of California, that is perfectly legal. However, generally speaking, it is illegal to electronically share sexual images of a person, taken without their knowledge or consent.

Should you report sexting?

Do not respond and consider reporting it to the police, your parents and the CyberTipLine (800) 843-5678). It could be a criminal who has exploited other people so you're helping others by alerting authorities.

Is sexting a crime?

Sexting - is it legal? Sending sexual photographs of yourself or someone else is illegal. Sending or receiving sexual photographs of anyone is illegal. This is very serious and you can be charged with crimes related to transmitting pornography.