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New Revenge Porn Law in Minnesota

New Revenge Porn Law in Minnesota

On August 1, 2016 a new law will go into effect in the state of Minnesota that is designed to crack down on individuals who disseminate private sexual images or attempt to solicit sex for another person without consent. According to Minneapolis felony lawyer Max Keller, “The bill creates long overdue remedies to protect victims of revenge porn while more effectively defining the terms of the crime itself.”

In recent years, revenge porn has developed into a growing crime that has affected the lives of innocent victims throughout the United States. Advances in technology and the expansion of the internet have enabled perpetrators to easily spread sexual photos, videos and even solicitations for sexual encounters all over the world in just a matter of days. Under the new law, anyone who is convicted of revenge porn can face gross misdemeanor charges that could result in up to $3,000 in fines, one year behind bars, or both.

When aggravating factors are present, the crime can be upgraded to a felony, which could result in a convicted individual spending up to five years in prison and facing up to $10,000 in fines. Depending on the circumstances surrounding the crime, the courts may also award compensation to the victim for other damages that are linked to revenge porn. Since these charges can include court costs, reasonable attorney fees, financial losses and up to an additional $10,000 in civil penalties, the costs involved with a conviction can add up quickly.

While the new law is a positive step to protect the rights of revenge porn victims, it is important to remember that many of these cases involve innocent defendants who are in fact victims of angry revenge themselves. According to attorney Max Keller, “It is hoped that the clearer definitions that are provided in the bill will also protect defendants who are wrongfully accused.”

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