Recent times has seen a rise in child pornography and this has resulted in state and federal law enforcement agencies seeking out those who create it and those who distribute it. The act itself is considered a very serious crime and, due to it mostly using the Internet for its distribution, it is also prosecuted on the federal level along with the state level. A person can be charged with the crime if they have manufactured child pornography or downloaded it onto their computer.
However, not every child pornography accusation leads to conviction. There have even been instances where the charges have been dropped early in the case due to lack of evidence. Other times, evidence is found early in the case. That can make this a very difficult time for you and why you need an experienced Minneapolis criminal defense lawyer to help you.
Child pornography charges can be filed against a person for a number of reasons. Maybe someone says they saw pornographic images of children on your computer or maybe someone has made an accusation against you stating that you manufacture it. Maybe someone emailed you photos that you did not want to receive.
Your attorney looks at your case from every possible angle. Your attorney looks at how the search warrant was acquired and executed to whether or not your rights were violated during any point of the process. It will be determined whether or not a law enforcement officer entrapped you by posing as a law enforcement officer in a chat room and whether or not you were the only person using the computer. If there are multiple individuals using the computer in the home, it may be difficult to tell which individual was viewing or downloading child pornography on the computer. There are even viruses designed to attack peoples’ computers by downloading child pornography on the machine.
Helping You Achieve Satisfactory Results
The charges are the first step toward the conviction and then the sentence that the judge hands down. However, there are elements of your case that could result in a reduction of charges. The goal of your St. Paul criminal defense attorney is to cast doubt on the commission of the crime so you can receive the best outcome. A guilty verdict could lead to prison time and registration as a sex offender.
Nonetheless, the investigation can take months after the charge because the investigators have to bring evidence against you. This is why it is important to contact your attorney as soon as you are charged. If conviction is inevitable, there are factors that the judge will consider when sentencing and your attorney will ensure those factors are seen.
Contact A Minneapolis Child Pornography Defense Lawyer
Child pornography is a very serious crime. If you have been accused of this crime, you have rights and there are options that you need to review in your defense. Your attorney will defend your rights, ensuring they are not violated and that you get the fairest treatment possible. You can also count on your attorney providing you with the most effective defense. To learn more, call the Law Office of Mark Herman at 612-382-4545 for a free consultation.