Social media has raised many questions regarding the legality of distributing sexually explicit photos and material of another person through the internet. In this technology-driven world, a single image can be broadcast to the entire world with a simple mouse click. The state of Michigan has addressed the need for laws surrounding this issue and classified distributing sexually explicit material of another person without their consent a criminal misdemeanor.
We have all heard of or perhaps experienced romantic relationships that have gone awry. Violations of MCL 750.145e tend to involve individuals who were in a relationship that went south. Unfortunately, it has been the case within Michigan that a scorned lover may decide to post or publish “revenge photos” on a computer device, computer network, or social media platform. Photos sent with the understanding and intent for the photos to remain private between the two individuals in the relationship are covered by this law.
Serious consequences for distributing sexually explicit material
Charges for violating this law should be taken seriously. Often times the accused foregoes hiring a reputable, aggressive lawyer because they figure that distributing explicit material online is a relatively common occurrence, and with the normalizing of pornography in society, the accused figure they will take their chances in court. We are here to tell you this is an extremely unwise approach that will likely result in a conviction and time in jail. Laws regarding social media and the internet are relatively new territory in terms of the law, which is why you need experienced, aggressive, and smart attorneys to represent you. The convicted face imprisonment up to 93 days and/or a fine, and a second violation is punishable by imprisonment for up to 1 year. Judges and prosecutors are extremely tough on these cases and jail is often looked at even for a first offense.
Experienced, tough lawyers can help
If you have any reason to think that charges for disseminating sexually explicit material online will be brought against you or you are currently fighting these charges, hire an attorney now! LEWIS & DICKSTEIN P.L.L.C. is one of Michigan’s top legal firms. With a track record of success on their side, they will fight tirelessly to help you get your life back and fight these charges. No judgment, only help. Call us today at (248) 263-6800 or kindly complete a Request for Assistance Form and an experienced lawyer will promptly contact you.