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Guidelines to follow if you are under investigation for Internet activity

Posted by attorney Mark Cogan
  1. Be extremely careful about online contacts with people who are possibly minors. On the Internet, people are frequently other than they appear to be. Undercover detectives frequently conduct sting operations in which officers pretend to be teenagers or preteens, or purveyors of child pornography, seeking to lure the unsuspecting individual into illegal activities. Be very careful. Law enforcement has focused its attention on catching people who engage in potentially illegal conduct online. 2. If you find yourself in legal trouble, or potentially in legal trouble, DO NOT POST ANYTHING about your legal problems online. Law enforcement has become very savvy about using the Internet as a tool to prosecuting people for all manner of crimes. What you post online in a public forum such as this can be read by the police, the prosecutors, and anyone else who wishes to do you harm. 3. The only safe thing to do, if you find yourself in legal trouble, is to contact a criminal defense attorney. When you contact a criminal defense attorney for the purpose of engaging the attorney to provide you with legal services, your consultation will be confidential. Such a consultation could make the difference between you facing charges and not facing charges. 4. If you are contacted by law enforcement seeking to discuss with you any matter in which you could be viewed as a suspect, the only safe thing to say is: I WILL NOT DISCUSS THE MATTER WITHOUT MY ATTORNEY.

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