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Teenager facing internet crime charges after Facebook post

Children these days are widely exposed to the cyber age. Even Richland, South Carolina, residents are fully aware of how technology seems to dominate people's lives, especially when it comes to social media. Social media websites such as Facebook have more than one billion users worldwide, allowing people to communicate and share whatever they want.

South Carolina readers may be interested in how a Facebook post has turned into serious charges. Reportedly, a teenager was accused of making terroristic threats on Facebook. The 19-year-old man was incarcerated and had nearly served five months in jail before his preliminary hearing. He was released from jail after posting a $500,000 bond. If convicted, the teenager may face eight years in prison and other penalties.

During the preliminary hearing, the defendant's attorney asserted that police misinterpreted the Facebook comments. The defense stressed that the accused teenager's language did not show any intent that he planned to actually harm anyone. The attorney added that a person should be charged only if he or she actually threatens another person.

Allegations of internet crimes may range from terroristic threats to a computer virus attack to hacking and other criminal activities online. Cybercrimes are not tolerated in any state in America, including South Carolina. Any person accused of such a crime might be prosecuted at both the state and federal levels. If convicted, the potential consequences may include large fines, penalties and a prison sentence, in addition to public scrutiny and limited future opportunities for the defendant.

Anyone who is facing charges for internet crimes should put forth the best possible defense. An experienced criminal defense attorney will know how to weaken and cast doubt on the prosecution's case.

Source: FOX San Antonio, "Lawyer Says Police Misquoted Teen Arrested for Facebook Threat," Aug. 13, 2013

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