Fighting Back Against Revenge Porn in New York: Criminal Justice Approach

The Revenge Porn lawyers, internet privacy attorneys and former Manhattan prosecutors at Crotty Saland PC are quite familiar with the fact that consent int the eyes of the law may be quite different than your interpretation of the same. When it comes to naked, explicit, sexual, and humiliating pictures, images, videos and recordings, that’s a big deal. It may (or may not) be fair to say that at the time of the recording or capturing of the personal image, you were fully onboard with your wife, husband, spouse, partner, girlfriend, boyfriend or other individual using his or her iPhone to snap the picture or make the video. However, whether he or she recorded a video in the privacy of your New York City apartment or not, what muddies the proverbial waters, and where attorneys experienced with New York Revenge Porn laws, Cyber Stalking, Online Harassment and Sextortion crimes often wade to protect their clients, is when consenting at time one by no means is a cart blanche waiver allowing that same person to post private images online and share explicit materials on social media to YouTube, Reddit, Instagram, Facebook, Tumblr, Pornhub, and other forums.

Make no mistake. Spreading intimate photographs across the internet without consent or providing sexually explicit and humiliating videos to third party employers, family and friends is never OK. When the intent of the distributor is to cause you harm, embarrassment, shame, emotional damage, and loss of employment, or to harass you in a demoralizing way, a line is crossed that demands you stand up for yourself and retain the best Sextortion or Revenge Porn advocate to restore your dignity and hold your tormentor accountable.

It will certainly take courage to fight back, but know there is little, if any, grey area. What is often inappropriate conduct is also illegal, and criminally so, especially where an intimate, sexual or naked image or video is used as a tool of Coercion, Blackmail or Extortion. Although laws may differ between jurisdictions and states, New York City, for example, has its own Revenge Porn law, know that in the State and City of New York – from Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens to White Plains, Poughkeepsie and Albany – you can fight back and win. With the right Revenge Porn lawyer and Online Harassment attorney, you may be able to protect yourself, hold your victimizer criminally accountable and even secure compensation for the duress, embarrassment and hardship you needlessly endured.

Fighting Back Against Revenge Porn & Sextortion: The Criminal Court System

Fortunately for New Yorkers across the state, and more specifically those in New York City, there are criminal statutes that provide for recourse where an ex-boyfriend, for example, decides he should repeatedly send images of you engaged in oral sex to your employer or post pictures online of your breasts, anus or other intimate body parts so that Google, Yahoo, or Bing picks the nonconsensual videos and pictures in their search results. While your abuser’s conduct can be far worse and wider spread, or lesser in terms of with whom the materials are shared and the nature of the same, a criminal attorney, and more specifically an experienced Revenge Porn lawyer concerned about your privacy, can facilitate and potentially expedite the prosecution of your victimizer by building a criminal case prior to presenting a Revenge Porn crime to law enforcement or act as your advocate to best ensure prosecutors take you, and your abuse, seriously.

Only one of many options that will allow you to fight from a place of great strength to end your torment, utilizing the services of a New York Sextortion lawyer, Revenge Porn attorney, and criminal advocate knowledgeable about these offenses in New York, can provide you with the confidence and security you need to best ensure the District Attorney convicts, and punishes, your predator.

Fighting Back Against Revenge Porn & Sextortion: New York State & NYS Criminal Law

As a victim of a non-consensual, duplication, disclosure and broadcasting of an intimate, naked, sexual or other image or recording, there are multiple crimes and offenses that the NYPD, local District Attorney or other law enforcement agency can pursue to hold your abuser accountable. Ranging from misdemeanors to felonies, the District Attorney in the county where you reside, with the prodding, assistance or guidance of your Revenge Porn counsel, can prosecute one or more of these crimes by way of a criminal complaint or indictment.

Fighting Back Against Revenge Porn & Sextortion: The Value of an Arrest

Certainly, having the Manhattan District Attorney, Brooklyn District Attorney, Westchester District Attorney or other prosecutor’s office on your side in addition to our Unlawful Surveillance lawyers or Unlawful Disclosure Attorneys has its obvious benefits, but there is other value in pursuing the arrest of your shamer. As a preliminary matter, a judge may set bail thereby keeping your torturer in custody. If he or she is actively posting or sharing intimate images, doing so from the Putnam or Dutchess County Jail will be quite difficult. Further, irrespective of whether your victimizer is held by the Department of Corrections in NYC or elsewhere in the State of New York, the prosecution will ask for an Order of Protection to prevent further abuse or communication of any kind. None of this will remove unlawful pictures and videos from the internet or those already sent to family, friends and colleagues, but this added layer of security will give you some piece of mind. In fact, if he or she violates the court’s order, the District Attorney can pursue additional misdemeanors or felonies relating to Criminal Contempt. All of this, collectively, will assist you and your sexual Blackmail attorney or Unlawful Dissemination lawyer a “leg up” in facilitating the end and closure that you seek.

Fighting Back Against Revenge Porn & Sextortion: The Importance of a Legal Advocate

As a victim of a non-consensual, duplication, disclosure and broadcasting of an intimate, naked, sexual or other image or recording in New York City or New York State, know that all of these crimes, and possibly others on both the New York State and Federal levels, are potentially viable offenses. With the advocacy of a New York Revenge Porn lawyer, the NYPD, local District Attorney or other law enforcement agency can take the next and necessary steps to punish your abuser, provide you with long term security and deliver you with the internet privacy you deserve. Even more, your harasser will become a defendant and face the wrath of prosecutors, judges and a jury of his or her peers.

Do you want to best protect your privacy and maintain a degree of secrecy? Do you want to limit your possible public exposure? Is an efficient prosecution and potentially “jumping over” the local police and presenting your complaint directly to an Assistant District Attorney important to you? As to this question, will going directly to prosecutors increase the likelihood of maintaining your anonymity and securing an efficient resolution? The benefits of a criminal lawyer knowledgeable about New York Revenge Porn laws and crimes facilitating a prosecution, respectfully encouraging law enforcement to remain diligent, serving as your liaison, sharing a vested interest in the outcome of a criminal case, and synthesizing the evidence should not be underestimated. Whether there is a potential plea of guilty that will benefit a future or parallel civil or Family Court case and having a singular constant representative across all of these legal proceedings is as invaluable as it is irreplaceable.

Nobody wants to be a victim of Revenge Porn, Sextortion, or any other time of Online Harassment, Cyber Stalking or Coercion. Nobody wants to wake up in the morning overwhelmed with dread and fear that another family member, friend or colleague has seen your private, intimate or sexual pictures. Seize power from your abuser. Arm yourself with the advocates who can hold your victimizer accountable. Put an end to your embarrassment. Protect your future.

Have no misgivings. When you are ready to remove the shackles of paralysis and underserving shame, the criminal lawyers, victim advocates, Revenge Porn attorneys and former Manhattan prosecutors at Crotty Saland PC have the knowledge and experience to give you your life back and make your victimizer rue the day he or she commenced a campaign of Online Harassment.

Call the New York Revenge Porn lawyers, Sextortion attorneys and former New York City prosecutors at (212) 312-7129 or contact us online today

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