Sexting – the sharing of sexually explicit messages or photos through a cell phone – isn’t normally illegal between consenting adults.
But that doesn’t mean it’s always legal, either. In some circumstances, sexting can result in criminal charges that require you to get in touch with a Wisconsin criminal defense attorney.
When is Sexting Illegal for Adults?
Sexting can be illegal if you send nude or sexual photos of yourself to someone else without his or her consent. It can also be illegal if you share photos of another adult – not yourself – with other people without that adult’s consent.
It is never legal to share obscene material (including sexually explicit messages) with a minor. If you do, you could be charged with a number of sex crimes that carry extremely harsh penalties, including prison time, hefty fines, and required registration as a sex offender.
You also can’t ask a minor to send you obscene materials or sext with you.
What to Do if You’re in Trouble for Sexting
If you’re facing criminal charges as a result of sexting with anyone, it may be a good idea to get in touch with a sex crimes lawyer in Wisconsin (especially in Milwaukee or Waukesha) who can help.
Your lawyer will ask you several questions, including what type of material or text messages you sent (and received) and how you know the person on the other end of your exchange. He or she will need to know how long the sexting continued, whether the other party asked you to stop, and whether you’ve had a legal issue similar to this one in the past, as well.
A skilled and knowledgeable sex crime defense attorney will be able to build a defense to use in court – one that gets you the best possible outcome.
If you’ve been accused of sexting and have criminal charges hanging over your head, call us right away at 414-383-6700 for a free case review. We may be able to help you.