The law struggles to keep pace with advances in technology. In many cases, outdated laws are applied to modern activities that neither the perpetrators nor the victims perceive as crimes. This is especially true in an era of smart phones, social media and constant Internet connectivity.
Attorney Chris Spring has seen a spike in people charged with computer, cell phone and electronic crimes. He has defended teenagers, college students and adults in a number of cases alleging everything from cyberstalking to distributing pornography to issuing threats on Facebook. Although the allegations sometimes seem preposterous, the consequences are deadly serious.
If you have been questioned or arrested, or if your son or daughter faces criminal charges, contact Attorney Spring immediately to arrange a free consultation at your home. Attorney Spring accepts cases from every city and town in Middlesex, Worcester, Essex, Suffolk, and Norfolk Counties.
Sexting — sending nude photos or sexually explicit videos via cell phone — is rampant among teenagers and young adults. When the subject of the photo or video is under the age of 18, federal and state child pornography laws are implicated. Increasingly, youths and young adults are facing child pornography charges. Sexting can be charged as distribution of child pornography (even if the underage defendant is sending a picture of him or herself), which is a serious felony. A teenager who has a naked picture of a significant other on his or her phone can be charged with possession of child pornography. Either of these offenses can carry jail time and defendants convicted of these charges may be required to register as sex offenders.
Attorney Spring represents a growing number of people charged with pornography crimes under these scenarios. As a former prosecutor, Chris Spring can sometimes work with the Commonwealth to have the criminal charges deferred or the charges reduced. Attorney Spring has lectured at Massachusetts schools and educated students about the criminal liability that can result from sexting.
People often make the mistake of believing they are anonymous when they post a comment on the Internet. However, posting offensive or threatening remarks can result in prosecutions for threats, criminal harassment, or stalking. Attorney Spring has advised clients facing criminal charges related to electronic communications:
Cell phone and computer prosecutions are relatively new and the law is evolving. There are technical legal issues related to the authentication of computer communications and the admissibility of evidence, and there are always substantive legal defenses to the alleged crimes. Attorney Spring has defended people charged with these types of crimes and is prepared to defend you if you have been charged.
If you learn you are under investigation for committing a computer or cell phone crime, you should never speak to the police without first consulting with a criminal defense attorney. These crimes are sometimes hard to prove without a confession from the defendant. Anything you say to the police can be used against you at trial and even admitting ownership of a computer or cell phone could be devastating to your case. Contact Attorney Spring immediately to schedule a free consultation at your home if the police are trying to speak to you.