Internet and computer crimes are growing in relevance as our society expands to exist in the cloud. Lawmakers are struggling to keep up with the times, and recent years have brought statutes regarding internet stalking and threats, posting of private information in a public forum, hacking and stealing digital information, online fraud, solicitation of minors in online chat rooms, and a range of other crimes. Detectives don't understand the technology, prosecutors don't understand the laws, and you need a lawyer who has a background in technology and criminal justice.
Many of these crimes come at the felony level, and will require a grand jury indictment prior to a court date. Due to this, any defendant accused of an internet crime should immediately hire a qualified attorney and begin his defense! Many of these cases can be no-billed at the grand jury level, since grand jurors are clueless regarding both technology and law, and establishing a clear theory of the case early and repeating it often is the best way to negotiate a plea or push towards a trial. Note that at trial, an expert witness will almost always be required in internet crime cases.
In most counties you are required to appear at all your court settings prior to accepting a plea agreement; however, in some counties hiring an attorney will allow that attorney to appear for you on misdemeanor cases. So once you've been arrested and bonded out, give me a call at (512) 743-1711 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I'll file a Notice of Appearance in your case as quickly as possible. Don't waste your time going to the court house when you can hire me to do it for you! If you accept a plea agreement, my rates are inexpensive and I accept a flat fee with payment plans, if needed.