Sex Offenses

Peer to Peer Software, LimeWire, and the Threat of Criminal Prosecution

The threat of criminal prosecution is very real in North Carolina, particularly if people use peer-to-peer based file sharing software and either intentionally or even inadvertently download pornography that includes child pornography. While few Raleigh criminal lawyers are familiar with the way this software works, it is important that any lawyer you hire be familiar…

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Strange News: Man Arrested for Watching Child Porn on Delta Flight

Here’s some advice. If you’re going to possess child pornography – which under federal law is punishable by up to 40 years in prison and possible permanent detention if you’re determined to be a violent sexual predator – then it’s a good idea not to watch that child pornography on a cross country airline flight.…

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Child Pornography: Throwing Away the Key

When asked about their thoughts on child pornography, most people have this reaction: “Lock ’em up and throw away the key.” This is just as true in North Carolina – maybe even more so. The best evidence from studies, surveys, and research, indicates that even people who view child pornography almost never actually participate in…

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Sexual Exploitation of a Minor and the Law

Exploitation. An ugly word, particularly when the word “Sexual” precedes it. Sexual Exploitation of a Minor is defined in Article 26 of Chapter 14 of the North Carolina General Statutes, and includes three degrees – or three levels – of punishment. Let’s be clear. The Sexual Exploitation of a Child is never acceptable. The problem,…

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Sex Offenses and Violent Sexual Predator Law

Sex offenses – rapes, sexual assaults, sexual battery, indecent liberties with a child, peeping – are some of the most difficult offenses for a criminal lawyer to handle. That’s because, in addition to the significant emotional issues at stake, our society has determined that punishing such defendants and protecting the rest of society from them…

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How do I hire a sex offense lawyer?

Sometimes I’m contacted by a person who believes he is about to be accused of a rape Raleigh or sex offense Raleigh. Other times, I’m called after the person has already been arrested on a first degree rape or second degree rape charge or sex offense charge in Raleigh. At that point, the person has…

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Should a journalist turn over his pedophile sources?

Interesting story in Time magazine about whether a journalist in France ought to be required to turn over sources the journalist gathered while working on a story about pedophiles. If you’ve been charged with a sex crime in Raleigh, call criminal lawyer Raleigh Damon Chetson at (919) 352-9411. As Time reports: [I]n France, a new dose of…

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Transportation of Minors for Criminal Sexual Activity

18 USC Sec. 2423 is a federal law that criminalizes the transportation of minors – people who have not attained the age of 18 – for the purpose of prostitution, or in any sexual activity for which any person can be charged with a criminal offense. So, for instance, if the defendant brings the person…

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Federal Crimes Involving the Sexual Exploitation of Children

How does the federal government define the sexual exploitation of children? The answer is, extremely broadly. Because the federal constitution restricts the federal government’s powers, the federal government may only regulate sexual exploitation that touches upon interstate commerce. But because photographs, images, or other depictions of children in sexually suggestive poses may be easily transmitted…

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