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California's Revenge Porn Law: What You Need To Know

If you have been victimized in a revenge porn case, you should contact a lawyer. Sacramento law has specific litigation regarding revenge porn. Here are the main points of what you should know: What qualifies as "revenge porn?"
"Revenge porn," by legal definition, is the posting or distributing of nude or sexually explicit photos or videos of a person online when they have not consented to distribution. Photos that were taken with consent can still qualify. What states have passed laws against it?
Arizona, California, Colorado, Delaware, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, New York, Pennsylvania, Utah, Virginia, Maryland, and Wisconsin have laws in place. What is the punishment?
Under California's disorderly conduct statute, revenge porn is classified as a misdemeanor. Punishment of the crime is jail time of 6 months and a fine of $1,000. Additional fines can also be enforced if repeat violations are proven. To prove this crime has occurred, your counsel must demonstrate four things:
1. The pictures were taken under the understanding that confidentiality would be kept
2. The victim is identifiable in the images
3. Intent of the defendant is to cause emotional distress to the victim
4. Proof the victim is suffering Several defenses make it difficult to hold offenders accountable. The law does not apply if:
1. The victim takes pictures or presses record on the camera. This means that "selfies" do not qualify
2. A hacker obtains the images and a third party redistributes them If you believe you are a victim of revenge porn, contact a lawyer. Sacramento, CA residents can prosecute under this law. 

California man arrested for embezzling from the state

Evidence and motive are two very important elements in criminal trials. When a person is accused of a crime, it must first be determined what evidence the police or prosecutor has against the person. Then, during the trial, the intent of the person must be proven in specific intent cases. Even when specific intent is not required to be proven, establishing what a person's intent or motive was at the time of the crime can help defendants and their attorneys present a more compelling story in favor of the defendant. For embezzlement and other internet crimes, the evidence is often times on a computer, which can complicate the process a bit.

Alleged impersonation of U.S. citizenship results in charges

When one of our Roseville readers thinks about the criminal charge of identity theft, they most likely envision a person who steals another's credit cards and driver's license in order to make purchases over the Internet. While this type of impersonation is indeed one method of committing this crime, there are other ways a person could be arrested on this type of charge. One Sacramento man found this out the hard way recently, when he was charged with a variety of identity theft-related crimes.

Seven arrested in case involving alleged Internet crimes

Internet crimes seem to be a growing facet of criminal law in many states, including California. State lawmakers often struggle to keep up with the pace of technology, but there are laws in place regulating permissible behavior on the Internet. In recent years credit card fraud has become a big concern with the rise of online shopping, as has identity theft. But, according to a recent report, it doesn't take a computer whiz hacking a database for an investigation to result in a criminal charge.

Local television station reportedly a victim of Internet crimes

The Internet has made life easier for many people in many ways, but it has also created another means for crimes to occur. However, state and federal laws covering Internet crimes are always evolving, and mostly legislators are playing catch-up when new laws are enacted. This makes every element of a criminal charge crucial, and from a criminal defense standpoint any little bit of evidence could make the difference in a case.

Arrested for a Facebook post? - Roseville man behind bars

When our Roseville readers think of "Internet crimes," they probably envision a hacker sitting on a high-tech laptop computer stealing passwords and email account information. While that may be the case sometimes, the advancement of technology is making it easier for some to find themselves facing a criminal charge for a wide variety of Internet-related use. In fact, according to a recent report, one local man has found himself involved in a criminal case for doing something millions of people do every day - making a Facebook post.

Roseville caregiver faces financial crime allegations

Some of our Roseville readers may not be aware that many state legislatures, including California's, have passed criminal laws in recent years specifically tailored to protect elderly adults. This could be because America's population continues to get older as medical advances lengthen many people's lifespans, and, as a result, our country's elderly population continues to grow. Many elderly adults require personal, in-home caregivers, and these assistants can be great in many respects. They can clean the home, assist with medical needs and do the grocery shopping. According to a recent report, one elderly member of the Roseville community had just such a caregiver, but the situation may have taken a bit of a turn.

California makes moves to focus on Internet crimes

Many Californians probably think of this state as the center of the world for all things Internet. Silicon Valley is known worldwide for all that the area offers and the concentration of wealth in the area, but the same thing that was true during the gold rush days is true today: trouble follows the money.

Sacramento man faces identify theft charges

Our Roseville readers may have seen a recent post about an international Internet crime investigation that led to the arrest of 24 people around the world. It was a large scale operation, and those that were arrested were alleged to have been engaged in identity theft and credit card fraud.

Arrests made in international Internet crimes investigation

Our Roseville readers may be seeing an increase in news headlines dealing with cybercrimes these days. Cybercrimes or crimes involving the Internet, email and other electronic mediums are part of a relatively new area of law. People accused of Internet crimes may be arrested and tried in both state and federal courts.

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