In some cases, sexting between teenagers can be considered a crime, and depending on their ages, both the teenagers and their parents could face legal consequences.
If your teen has been charged with sexting in Louisiana, you need to seek legal advice. To learn more, contact a Lake Charles internet crime lawyer from the Johnson Firm or call (337) 433-1414. We will look at your case and discuss the best options.
The law in Louisiana is very clear about what is considered sexting and the legal ramifications for the same. “Sexting” is when a person under the age of seventeen uses a computer or telecommunication device to possess or transmit an indecent visual depiction of themself or another person under the age of seventeen. (RS 184.108.40.206).
It’s very important to understand the difference between “sexting” and “pornography involving juveniles” because they are different crimes and carry very different consequences.
If a person under the age of seventeen exchanges sexually explicit photos with a person under the age of seventeen, then he can be charged with sexting which is a misdemeanor. However, if a person over the age of seventeen exchanges sexually explicit photos with a person under the age of seventeen, then he can be charged with pornography involving juveniles which is a felony.
In other words, if a 15-year-old sends a 21-year-old nude selfies, the 20-year-old could be charged with possession of child pornography. The law does not allow the excuse that they didn’t know their age or that the parents of the teenager gave their permission. It’s never allowed.
There are a lot of things to consider when teens are caught and charged with sexting, and it can affect not just the teenager, but their parents or guardians as well. Therefore, you need to speak to an attorney you can trust.
Contact an internet crimes lawyer from The Johnson Firm today. Call (337) 433-1414 to discuss your options.
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