Child Pornography Cases
Being involved in any type of sexual scheme involving or depicting minors is a frightening experience to say the least. However, there are many cases where a perfectly innocent person gets caught up in these types of charges and quite by accident. Whether one isn't aware they are viewing sexual materials depicting minors under the age of eighteen (a common occurrence), or if someone else was viewing child pornography on their computer, these types of mistakes or unplanned events can happen to anyone, and if the person isn't property defended they could face up to 5 or even 15 years in prison depending upon the offense they are convicted for.
Ideally, innocent people wouldn't be convicted of crimes they didn't commit; however, we don't live in a perfect world and the criminal justice system is anything but foolproof. If you are facing charges for child molestation, the last thing you want to do is trust your future in the hands of an overburdened or a green public defender. Instead, you need someone with experience standing by your side, working tenaciously to keep you out of prison and at home where you belong; we are the ones to fight for your future and to help preserve the integrity of your reputation.
Child pornography is defined as the visual depiction of children under the age of 18 engaging in sexually explicit conduct. It is illegal under 18 U.S.C. Chapter 110, Sexual Exploitation and Abuse of Children. In order to be proven guilty of this crime, the prosecution must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the pornographic material was viewed, downloaded, or disseminated from your computer. This often involves a thorough investigation of the case by computer forensic experts and law enforcement.
Investigation, Trial and Penalties
During this investigative stage, it is important that you have a knowledgeable lawyer from our firm in your corner to protect your legal rights, ensure that you are treated fairly, and do not say anything that might be incriminating. Law enforcement investigators are especially aggressive in sex crimes involving children and may try to intimidate you in an effort to elicit damaging statements. Having a competent attorney acting as a buffer throughout this process can be extremely helpful.
The crime of child pornography may be prosecuted at the local, state, or federal level. Consumption of child pornography is punishable by up to 5 years in prison. Distribution of child pornography is punishable by up to 15 years in prison. Because of the devastating social stigma of being convicted of a child pornography crime, it is vital that you obtain thorough and competent legal representation from our firm immediately.
Aggressive Legal Representation
If you are facing charges of child pornography, then your situation is critical and requires the dedicated assistance of a competent and caring lawyer. We recommend that you get that assistance from one of the attorneys at our firm as soon as possible, preferably before formal charges have been filed. We can review your case, evaluate where you stand, and work to minimize if not eliminate the negative consequences of any criminal charges. Our attorneys are well-versed in the laws and procedures regarding child pornography, its possession and distribution and we are here to help you during this difficult time.