Roberts Law Group, PLLC
North Carolina Criminal Defense Attorneys

On March 13, the North Carolina Supreme Court announced that courts throughout the state would close for at least 30 days, in an effort to protect public safety amid the Covid-19 outbreak. Roberts Law Group will remain open during this time. We are available to meet with new and existing clients in-person or on the phone. Please call our law office to schedule a time to meet.

We FIGHT for the Best Results
We FIGHT for the Best Results

Internet sex crimes outpace existing legal statutes

The term "selfie" is still relatively new in the cultural lexicon, but it is making a big splash in criminal law cases involving child pornography. Technological innovations tend to move far faster than the law, which means that social media related crimes must currently be prosecuted by outdated standards. The result: the criminalization of teens sending each other scandalous photographs through the web. Should such activities be considered Internet sex crimes?

It is widely recognized that an adult who takes a sexually explicit photograph of a young person should face criminal charges, especially if that image is shared through social media or other tech venues. Most people would agree that the adult had violated a child pornography statute. However, would you say the same about a teenager who takes illicit self-photographs and then sends them to another teen in a private conversation? What about those teens who forward the picture to others without their permission?

Legislators in North Carolina and other states are struggling to answer these questions. Minors are currently being prosecuted under existing child porn and sex crimes statutes for lack of a better legal definition. These minors are facing prosecution even if the photograph exchanges are consensual. One complication: If the racy photo appears in other arenas -- such as a public social media site -- child porn laws should technically still apply.

State politicians are working to close loopholes that would allow tech-savvy offenders to get away with sex crimes. In the process, though, some innocent or uneducated tech users could get swept up in the mix. Those defendants -- many of whom may be unaware that their devices even contain child porn -- deserve to have their legal rights protected, no matter the sex crimes allegations they face.

Source: FindLaw, "Child Pornography and Selfies: What You Need to Know" Aug. 26, 2014

Client Reviews

Get Legal Help Now
Let Us Help You

Put our team of criminal defense lawyers on your side today. You are one phone call or email away from getting your questions answered by an experienced defense attorney.

Call us at 877-880-5753 to set up a free consultation or send us an email.

Fill out the form below for a Free Consultation.

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.


Call 877-880-5753 to schedule a free initial consultation.
Offices open weekdays 8am - 7pm, Saturdays 9am - 5pm