In recent years, the media in Saint Lucie County has created hysteria associated with respect to computer sex crimes involving minors. The most notorious of these media outlets is NBC, with the Dateline series "To Catch a Predator" catching the eyes and ears of millions of viewers.
Unfortunately, the government has responded to the political pressure that comes along with this kind of media coverage and public outrage. Instead of enacting penalties that are reasonable, the punishment for these offenses has been dramatically and irrationally increased.
The most common computer sex offenses that are being investigated and prosecuted today are internet solicitation of a minor and possession of child pornography. There exists an array of different charging decisions that the government can make in these kinds of cases.
Brian Mallonee is a Criminal Defense Lawyer Serving St Lucie, Indian River, Martin, and Okeechobee Counties