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English Justice Secretary Wants to Stop "Revenge Pornography" - Implications for Your Florida Cybercrime Defense?

If you’ve been falsely charged with possession of child pornography in Florida, solicitation, or other similar cybercrime charges, you're probably scared and overwhelmed.

It can help to examine the changing social mores about these crimes both here in the U.S. and abroad. To wit, consider some big news from “across the pond” earlier this week: the UK’s Justice Secretary, Chris Grayling, is seeking to criminalize so-called “revenge pornography.”

In case you're not familiar with this phenomenon, here's the gist. A couple breaks up, and then one of the partners (usually the man) seeks "revenge" by publishing humiliating pornographic images of the ex online. Experts say this disturbing practice is increasingly common both in the UK and in the United States. It’s pernicious because victims often cannot do much to stop the spread of the image. The initial image can be taken down, but once it gets out into the “ether” of the Internet, multiple sites reproduce it, and it becomes very hard to sponge the image from cyberspace.

Mr. Grayling argued that this practice should be criminalized. He told the House of Commons: “[revenge pornography] is clearly becoming a bigger problem in our society. What I’d say to you is that government is very open to having a serious discussion about this with a view to taking appropriate action… if we can identify the best way of doing so.”

In the United States, we are also having a similar conversation about what to do about malicious online communication. This conversation could have significant bearing on your situation if, for instance, you posted a pornographic image of your 17-year-old or 16-year-old boyfriend or girlfriend. Sharing such content online can lead to your arrest and serious charges, which can create massive legal problems for you in addition to jail time.

How can you respond intelligently, strategically and mindfully to those charges?

Here are some general guide rules:

1. Don’t wait to get help to build your defense.

Collect and preserve evidence that has the potential to exonerate you -- such evidence may not have much of a shelf life.

2. Avoid panicking or engaging in stupid or dangerous tactics that can complicate your legal situation.

For instance, do not try to flee the country or engage in further dubious online practices.

3. Get assistance from an experienced Florida cybercrime defense attorney.

The team at Seltzer Mayberg, LLC can help you understand what to do and defend your rights. Call us now at 1 888-THE-DEFENSE (888-843-3333) for a free consultation.

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