If you have a son or daughter in their teens, then you know that they are basically attached to their smart phones. Teenage years are also a time of budding relationships and awkwardness among angst-filled kids who are developing mentally, physically, and sexually. In recent years, and with the advent and availability of the technology on smart phones, teens have been engaging in an activity known as “sexting.” More than just lewd, sexually suggestive text messages, these kids are sending naked pictures and videos to one another. Although they probably don’t realize it, if they are under the age of 18, this is a serious offense. If you have a son or daughter who has gotten into trouble for sending illegal content, he or she will need the help of an experienced juvenile crimes lawyer who is also a parent and who understands how to defend your kids in a court of law on serious charges of sharing images of underage individuals. Until very recently, actually, teens who were caught sharing naked images of minors (themselves and others) were able to be federally prosecuted for distributing child pornography, which is a very serious crime here in Pennsylvania and throughout the United States. Less than a year ago, in Eastern PA, two teens were prosecuted after a boy sent naked pictures of his ex-girlfriend to another girl. Both were charged with distribution of child pornography. Since then, Pennsylvania state law makers have moved forward on how to deal with the advances of technology, teenage sexual behavior, and the law. Original child pornography laws were enacted to target adults who shared pornographic images of children. The issue is looked at on a case-by-case basis. Other states, such as New Jersey, have enacted legislation such as New Jersey’s “Megan’s Law.” Part of Megan’s Law states that young people who are caught sexting and sending nude pictures will not be subjected to the same child pornography charges, nor do they have to register for the sex offender’s list. Although most teens in these situations are not found guilty of sharing child pornography, they are still made to attend a state-run program that covers the dangers and effects of sexting. The program is put into place to help young people understand how devastating it can for them if their images fell into the wrong hands. If you have a child who is facing trouble over sexting, call Pittsburgh juvenile crimes attorney Gary Gerson for a free consultation. A serious charge against your child can detrimentally affect their future in more ways than they can probably realize right now. Call today at 412-219-6875 .