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The importance of fully understanding internet-related crimes

The youth of today have become the experts on dealing with technology. Young individuals are so used to using smartphones, computers and other devices, that it is second nature for them to navigate these sophisticated technologies. The same might not be true for other St. Louis residents. Indeed, no matter what a person's age, there are limits to that person's technological knowledge, particularly for those who do not work in the field.

This can present a troublesome situation when a person is charged with Internet crimes like possessing child pornography. Federal prosecutors are well equipped with the knowledge and expertise in handling these cases, if for no other reason than the sheer volume of cases they prosecute of this nature. The person charged in the offense, on the other hand, may have little to know knowledge about the computer systems work that relate to the charges.

For example, peer-to-peer networks and other file-sharing software are often at the center of child pornography cases. These networks allow individuals all across the world to trade files with one another, including pornography. Federal prosecutions are routinely based upon investigations conducted into these networks, as charges are filed that allege individuals traded child pornography online with other individuals.

In these cases, it is vital that individuals understand how computer networks work, because it can mean the difference between guilt or innocence. It can also play a large part in determining whether a person distributed pornography, or simply possessed it after downloading items online.

Our firm has defended many individuals who have been accused of using computers to obtain or distribute child pornography. We have the technical expertise and knowledge that are necessary to defend these cases, including an in-depth knowledge of how peer-to-peer networks function. For more information on our firm's services and expertise, please visit our child pornography defense page.

Source: STL Today, "St. Louis Municipal Court cancels 220,000 minor traffic arrest warrants," Oct. 2, 2014

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