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Mobile technology and children: a look at criminal complications

A criminal defense legal blog with practice areas encompassing juvenile transgressions, sexual offenses and Internet crime scores a trifecta with a news story that spotlights the high-tech online world in which young people in California and across the country live.

That universe is at once alluring and all-engaging, yet potentially -- and, often, actually -- fraught with dangers at the same time.

A recent national media piece duly points that out in an examination of the online world, which comprises constantly evolving and complex terrain that is alluring for young people, while simultaneously being a minefield of downside possibilities.

The article underscores a two-pronged concern with devices such as smartphones and online gaming applications, namely this:

  • The online realm is frequently visited by adult sexual perpetrators, who engage in a variety of cloaked tactics to gain access to and lure in young innocents; and
  • Young people innocently engaged in online activities can find themselves being targeted as suspects in criminal investigations

Today's post considers that second bullet point, given its implications for young people across the country.

The bottom line: Adolescents in California and nationally are being criminally charged with and convicted of offenses like sexting, cyberbullying and sextortion without having any real understanding that those activities can come with heavy consequences.

An example: If a teenager sends a nude photo of himself or herself to another teen over a smartphone, the latter might be deemed as a predator possessing child pornography.

The online world is enticing yet murky for many young users, with potential repercussions that many of them don't fully understand.

A proven criminal defense attorney who advocates routinely on behalf of juvenile offenders can answer questions and provide diligent legal representation in any matter where a teenage client has acted unlawfully without any real intent to break the law.

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