Juveniles, just like adults, can commit sex crimes and also like adults, those convicted may be forced to register as sex offenders for the rest of their lives. Fortunately, it is possible to fight these crimes with the help of a top San Diego juvenile lawyer like Peter M. Liss.
One particularly problematic legal area involving minors are sexts, which are not illegal for adults to send, but when the sender is a juvenile, both the sender and receiver can be guilty of child pornography charges. In addition, if one teen sends a sext to others without the knowledge of the person in the image, he or she can also be charged with revenge porn. Unfortunately, many teens do not realize the potential consequences of simply sending or receiving a naked picture, which is why it is so important to speak with a San Diego juvenile defense attorney as soon as charges arise and before the minor talks to anyone about what happened.
It is important to know that minors accused of sex crimes will not always be forced to register as sex offenders. If a minor is granted probation for a sex crime, he or she will be able to avoid registration. It is also possible when probation is completed to have the charges dismissed and the record sealed.
On the other hand, if he or she is not granted probation and he or she is sent to the Department of Juvenile Justice for the charge, then upon release from custody, he or she will be required to register on the sex offender list. Additionally, if a minor is over 14, he or she may be tried as an adult for some sex crimes and if this happens and the teen is convicted, he or she will automatically be subject to registration as a sex offender. As long as a person is a minor, she will not be placed on the public Megan’s Law website with other sex offenders, but local law enforcement will be able to notify the public if they believe the teen may present a threat to the public.
In many cases, the best course of action for teens accused of sex crimes is to work with their San Diego juvenile attorney to negotiate a plea bargain that allows for probation and thus, will not result in registration as a sex offender. This is a very serious decision that should not be taken lightly and something that you should not consider without speaking to a lawyer.
If your minor son or daughter has been accused of a sex crime, it is critical you contact a San Diego juvenile crimes lawyer as soon as possible. Please call (760) 643-4050 or (858) 486-3024 to schedule a free initial consultation.
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