DC Federal Child Pornography Lawyer
If you live in Washington, DC and are facing serious federal charges for possessing, distributing, or producing illicit images of children, it’s important to make good decisions regarding your legal representation. Calling a DC federal child pornography lawyer as soon as possible to discuss your legal options is a decision that can have a major impact on the outcome of your case. Schedule a consultation with a federal lawyer in DC today to start developing your defense.
How a DC Federal Child Pornography Lawyer Can Help
While every case is different and there’s never a guarantee about the outcome, a DC federal child pornography attorney can help you to understand the charges against you and determine the best way to build a strong defense. Your federal criminal defense lawyer can also represent your interests in any plea bargains or negotiations that take place with federal prosecutors.
Child Pornography Cases
The U.S. Attorney or Assistant U.S. Attorney that prosecutes your case must secure an indictment or true bill in order to prosecute you for a federal child pornography offense. If this occurs and you have been charged, your DC federal pornography lawyer can help you in most stages of the case, including arguing for your release at a bond hearing so that you are not required to remain in jail pending trial.
If your case does proceed to trial, the prosecutor has the burden of showing that you violated federal laws related to child pornography beyond a reasonable doubt (this is called the “burden of proof”). However, if your lawyer can help you introduce doubt about your guilt, it is possible to avoid being convicted of a child pornography offense.
Defenses against Child Pornography Charges
In some cases, you can argue that your possession of the obscene material was unintentional because it was put on your computer by someone else or was installed as part of malware or a computer virus. In other situations, you may be able to prevent the evidence of the child pornography from even being used against you in trial if police violated your Fourth Amendment rights when conducting a search.
In any situation, it is important to work with a DC federal child pornography attorney who is familiar with the technology and terminology in question during these sorts of cases. It is also important to consider what sort of investigative resources your lawyer has access to, since conducting a thorough investigation is essential to building a solid defense.
Federal Child Pornography Charges and Penalties
Child pornography is defined in Title 18 United States Code Section 2256(8). Child pornography refers to:
- Any photograph, video, film, computer-generated image, picture, or other visual depiction
- Made or produced by mechanical or electronic means, including modification or creation of visual images
- That demonstrates sexually explicit conduct involving a minor.
The definition expands to include images or other media that have been altered to make an identifiable minor appear to be engaging in sexually explicit conduct. In other words, it is actually illegal to find a picture of a child on the Internet and modify that picture to make it appear that the child is involved in sex acts.
Virtually any involvement of any type with any type of child pornography is going to be illegal under U.S. Code Sections 2251, 2252, and 2252A including:
- Producing child pornography
- Advertising child pornography
- Distributing child pornography
- Transporting child pornography, including mailing or otherwise shipping it
- Importing child pornography
- Receiving child pornography
- Soliciting or requesting child pornography be sent to you
- Possessing child pornography
Possessing, receiving, distributing or producing obscene visual representations of child sex abuse is also illegal under Code Section 1466A and is prosecuted as a child pornography offense.
Penalties for federal child pornography crimes vary depending upon the nature of the offense. For example, under Code Section 2251, you could be sentenced to between 15 and 30 years of incarceration for coercing minors to engage in sexually explicit conduct to produce child pornography. Most offenses for transporting or shipping child pornography, on the other hand, will result in between five and 20 years’ incarceration. Repeat offenses can lead to longer prison sentences.
Speak with a DC Federal Child Pornography Lawyer Today
If you have been accused of involvement with child pornography, contact a DC federal child pornography attorney for help as quickly as possible. The federal criminal defense lawyers at our firm are prepared to use their experience and investigative resources to make a difference in your case. Call today and complete your free initial consultation to learn more about how we can help.