Many parents and grandparents are using social media to post pictures of their children and grandchildren. Unfortunately, photos of your loved ones may be flagged by social networks as child pornography. Even worse, the innocent images that you post on the internet or save to your devices could lead to criminal charges.
Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and other social networks are cracking down on all forms of illegal content. This crackdown has led to social media companies working more closely with law enforcement1 and more criminal charges. People who have been charged or believe they will be charged with a crime related to child pornography on social media should know the common misunderstandings that can lead to these charges and how they can defend themselves.
Common misunderstandings involving child pornography and social media
Criminal charges can arise if you are accused of viewing, creating, buying, selling, hosting or distributing images or video involving child sexual activity. Federal agents are often involved in child pornography cases involving the internet2 which can lead to more severe federal criminal charges.
These are a few of the common situations that may lead to criminal charges:
How can you defend yourself if you are charged with a crime?
Because of the potentially lifelong consequences of a conviction for child pornography, you should contact a criminal defense attorney as soon as possible. An attorney can do an in-depth analysis of your social media account and devices to determine the origin of the illegal content. Your defense lawyer can also protect your rights from overzealous law enforcement agents who are taking innocent material out of context. Our office has been on the cutting edge of digital crimes since its inception. Our attorneys have acquired knowledge through prior case experience, training, and the use of file sharing services that form a foundation of knowledge of how the online world works.
You can discuss your case with a knowledgeable attorney at The Law Office of Brian Jones, LLC, by contacting our office now.