Communication through technology, more specifically cell phones, is becoming the norm these days. It’s no surprise to defense attorneys across the country that related cases are popping up in court rooms everywhere. Many technology spawned indiscretions, such as sexting, are targeting minors.
Sexting is “the transmission of nude images or suggestive material via text messages. Such transmission can be textual or image-based and typically occurs via cell phones, smart phones, computers, etc.” according to findlaw.com. For some, a little suggestive camera phone flirting is a great way to have fun but it becomes a large problem when it involves minors.
Technology moves faster than legislature. Law makers are trying adapt rules already set in place to cover these new issues in the courtroom until more detailed sexting laws are active. This lack of specifics leaves it to the discretion of state legislators and local government on what to do according to each case, especially when it involves two minors. For example; some believe that teaching about the dangers of sexting in school is enough. Others use the existing child pornography laws to allow cases in the courtroom.
Today, there is a grey area when it comes to the use of your private mobile device involving illegalities. Enjoy what technology allows us to do, but keep in mind how easy it is for others to access what it is that you’re sending.
To learn more about Maine’s sexting laws, visit mobilemediaguard.com