Child Sex Crimes
Many people charged with child pornogrpahy offenses are not criminals, and have never been in trouble before a day in their lives. The shame and embarrasment of being caught with child pornography alone is often worse than the potential prison sentence faced by the charges. Our firm understands what it takes to defend against child pornography offenses, and we are here to persue the best possible outcome for you and your family.
Section 2256 of Title 18, United States Code, defines child pornography as any visual depiction of sexually explicit conduct involving a minor (someone under 18 years of age). The legal definition of sexually explicit conduct does not require that an image depict a child engaging in sexual activity. A picture of a naked child may constitute illegal child pornography if it is sufficiently sexually suggestive. Additionally, the age of consent for sexual activity in a given state is irrelevant; any depiction of a minor under 18 years of age engaging in sexually explicit conduct is illegal.
Child Pornography charges can potentially involve stiff stentences, and you need effective attorney representation to avoid maximum sentences in court. Prosecutors are often seeking to make examples of those caught with child pornography. However, an attorney can help greatly weaken the case against you with a diligent review of the evidence. For example, often the punishment is driven by how many images the Government finds in your computer. For example, if you are caught with 10,000 child pornography images, 1,000 of those images may be duplicates, and therefore should not be counted against you.
If you have been charged with a child pornogrpahy offense, call us for a consultation at (404) 343-2441. We are here to help.