When you think of a sex crime, you generally think of something like rape or assault, something where someone has been touched without their consent. However, sexting is also the sort of thing that can be considered a sex crime under a lot of circumstances. Virginia’s widely derided and infamous law against phone sex is not the only aspect of this state’s rather prudish views on sex, sexting is also a crime in a number of different situations, but most of these legalities actually make a lot of sense if you think about it.
If you are sending nude photographs via text message or any internet based messaging system, this could be considered dissemination of pornography in a court of law. It is also important to note that the consent of the person you are messaging is essential. If you send lewd messages or nudes to someone that did not ask for them, you could be charged with a number of violations, from harassment to lewd behavior all of which carry serious penalties with them if you end up getting convicted.
In a lot of cases, even if you have the consent of the person you are texting you can end up committing a crime. An example of this is if you are texting someone that is underage, a minor in essence. Any sexual acts committed with a minor are going to be highly illegal and will carry with them some serious legal penalties that are going to cause a lot of problems for you in the long run. If you are sexting with a minor, legal complications are very possible so you should avoid it, or you might end up getting served with a subpoena at any point in time and then you are really going to be in trouble.
Of course, there are aspects of the law that don’t make sense at all. This is because of the fact that sexting at all is pretty much illegal, but you won’t get charged for sexting per se. Instead, you are going to get slapped with a charge for something like lewd behavior instead which is going to put a huge mark on your potential future.
It is very important to be cognizant of the various sex crimes out there that you could be accused of since all of them are going to involve you having to register as a sex offender if you actually end up getting convicted for the crimes that you have been accused for. This can make it very difficult indeed for you to apply for any jobs and can also make future prospects out of your reach that might improve your standard of living. If you have been sexting, just remember that you have technically committed a sex crime even if it is a victim less one most of the time, so you should definitely try to keep a lawyer on hand to help you.
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