Criminal charges for “Sexting” can range from invasion of privacy and harassment to distribution of child pornography. And a criminal conviction of a sex crime can result in a requirement to register as a sex offender in certain cases.
Fortunately, most cases involving minors who are involved in sexting cases don’t get far in the criminal court system. More typically, even if the police and courts get involved, and the incident isn’t deemed serious, prosecutors will agree to drop the charges if the victim agrees.
And the State Legislator is working on proposed laws that would allow for formal alternative dispositions instead of putting a sexting case through the New Jersey juvenile court system. Some lawmakers would like to see a formal education program on the dangers of sexting in exchange for charges dropped.
School authorities note that the majority of sexting games are girls sending their boyfriends photos. They are typically extremely naive about the likelihood of the photos being circulated, especially after a tumultuous teen relationship ends. Other sexting cases result from cyberbulling or other forms of peer pressure.
The universal access to cell phone cameras makes in incredibly simple for a momentary lapse of judgment or bad decision to result in an embarrassing outcome, or worse, actual criminal charges. Many kids are simply impulsive and oblivious to the dangers and harm that can result.
If you or someone you love is involved in a criminal sexting case in New Jersey, please contact me for help in resolving the matter as quickly as possible.