Child Pornography Lawyer
If you are accused of possessing, distributing, or producing obscene or sexually suggestive images of minors, it is in your best interest to contact a child pornography lawyer at once. Images of child pornography are considered contraband under the law, and consequently not considered protect speech under the First Amendment. When charged with a sex crime involving a child you face not only the ire of the courts, but also a social stigma that can jeopardize your rights and your relationships even prior to conviction. Federal child pornography charges are a serious matter. Even if you are innocent of the charges, there can be potentially long-lasting ramifications on your life. If you are charged, then it is paramount that you seek out the guidance of a child pornography lawyer as soon as possible.
Child pornography is big business and a business that thrives on exploiting a particularly vulnerable segment of the population. Federal law enforcement pursues cases of child pornography with extreme vigor in an effort to eliminate the production and trade of these materials. If you are found to be in possession of such materials, you will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. The public outrage involved in child pornography cases can sometimes obscure the facts. In order to protect potential victims, the accused is often treated as if he or she is guilty prior to a judicial determination. A skilled attorney can provide guidance to make sure a defendant’s rights are being maintained, and that the accused receives the best possible result in their case.
Liability under the law
Under federal law, you cannot possess, produce, distribute, or receive any depiction (video, photograph, film, or computer generated picture) that is clearly of or appears to be of a minor engaging in sexual conduct (18 U.S.C. § 2251-2252). You do not have to be in possession of a hard copy of this material to be charged–it could be in your email inbox, saved on your hard drive, or stored on your phone or mobile device. Similarly, you do not have to have been involved in the production of the images to be charged, you could merely be on the receiving end. With the explosion of “sexting,” or sending sexually explicit images via text message, child pornography charges are becoming more frequent. Even a minor who sends a picture of himself or herself may be charged with child pornography in sexting cases. More information regarding the federal prohibitions against child pornography can be found here.
Child pornography is a serious charge, and requires an attorney well-versed with the federal, criminal justice system. David Benowitz is an experienced litigator who can launch an aggressive defense against federal criminal charges.
Retaining Experienced Legal Representation
Sentencing for a federal child pornography conviction depends on the role of the defendant. Production carries a mandatory minimum 15 year prison sentence, while possession of child pornography, even with no involvement in the production or distribution of the images, carries a minimum sentence of at least 5 years in prison.
The penalties for child pornography convictions show just how seriously the courts take these cases. Being suspected of having a role in the exploitation of children is a very dangerous position to be in. This is precisely why a criminal defense lawyer can be such an asset. A child pornography charge has more ramifications than just those that accompany a potential conviction. There is also a very strong moral overtone to such charges, and they can seriously damage your life moving forward, both personally and professionally. Our attorneys don’t just represent you during the trial, they will help you get your reputation back in order and put the pieces back together. Our attorneys are truly advocates on your behalf, in court and otherwise, and their services can prove invaluable during this type of case. Our attorneys know what you are up against and understand the federal court system. They can work diligently to minimize the impact of these charges on your life.
If you have been charged with the production, possession, or transmission of child pornography, David Benowitz can help. Contact us today at (202) 600-9900 to discuss the charges against you and the options available to you. Please also visit our Maryland federal criminal attorney page for more information on the services provided by that office.