South Florida Cyber Crime Criminal Defense Attorney on Montel Across America!

April 15, 2009 by David S. Seltzer

This morning, I had the honor of appearing on the Air America radio show Montel Across America to talk a little about "sexting." This practice (teens sending each other explicit photos via email or text message) has gotten multiple teenagers charged with sex crimes. In response, the Vermont legislature is considering legislation that would lift criminal penalties for kids ages 13-18 caught sending or receiving the pictures, as long as the sender voluntarily sent a picture of him- or herself. The Associated Press reports that experts believe that kids could still be prosecuted for lewd and lascivious conduct, or disseminating indecent materials to a minor, but the law would end the possibility of sending them to adult prisons and requiring them to register as sex offenders for the rest of their lives. As a Miami cyber crime criminal defense lawyer, I strongly support this effort and others like it -- to make the penalties for sexting better fit the crime.

I joined other legal, policy and medical experts to talk about the legal implications of the practice and the proposed Vermont legislation. You can listen to the audio on Air America's Web site.