Houston Internet Sting Defense Lawyer
Sex crimes have become a major point of emphasis with law enforcement in Harris County and throughout Texas. Internet sex crimes, in particular, are aggressively investigated and prosecuted, often by means of undercover sting operations involving officers who pose as young children or teenagers.
The Houston-based law office of John M. Petruzzi defends individuals who have been charged with many different types of sex crimes, including:
- Child pornography
- Internet solicitation of a minor
- Lewd or lascivious behavior with a child
If you have been charged with a child sex crime after being lured by a decoy in an internet chat room, do not wait to talk to a criminal defense lawyer. The earlier you act, the more defense options that may be available.
What Are Internet Sting Operations?
Internet sting operations conducted by law enforcement are becoming more and more common. Here, police officers or decoys act as minors in an internet chat room. These decoys attempt to lure adults into sexually explicit chat sessions. Depending on the situation and how far the conversation goes, the decoy may invite the adult to his or her house for a sexual encounter. Once the adult arrives at the noted location, police officers may make an arrest and charge the individual with a sex crime such as online solicitation of a minor, child pornography, lewd or lascivious behavior with a child, or another sex crime.
What To Do If You Have Been Targeted Online
If you are an adult who has been targeted by law enforcement in an internet chat room and charged with a sex crime, talk to a criminal defense attorney as soon as possible.
Entrapment is an issue in many internet sting operation cases. Most of the time, individuals did not set out intending to commit a crime. Rather, they were lured by law enforcement into a situation that was out of their control.
In any case, being charged with a sex crime is a serious matter. But there may be hope. Working with experienced criminal defense lawyer John M. Petruzzi, you can explore your full scope of legal options and seek the best possible resolution of your case — whether that means getting your case dismissed or getting charges dropped.