Child pornography has become a problem in recent years, but at the same time both state and federal law enforcement agencies are cracking down on it. It is a serious crime, whether a person has manufactured child pornography or downloaded it onto their computer.
Not every accusation of child pornography leads to a conviction. There are even times the charges are dropped early into the investigation due to a lack of evidence. However, there are instances in which the early-discovered evidence isn't unfounded and results in the case proceeding. This can be a very difficult time for the accused who could now use the experience and hard work of a Twin Cities criminal defense attorney.
Child Pornography Charges
Child pornography charges can occur for a number of reasons. Perhaps someone says they saw pornographic images of children on your computer or in your possession. Maybe you have been accused by someone of manufacturing child porn. Perhaps someone emailed you images that you did not ask for.
No matter what the case is, everything is looked at from how the search warrant was issued and executed to whether or not your rights were violated in any way. Questions are asked, such as whether or not a law enforcement officer posed as a child and entrapped you in a chat room. Perhaps you were not the only person using the computer, so it may be hard to tell who the viewer was or who saved child pornography to the computer. There are even viruses that can plant different types of pornography on a computer.
The charges are a factor in the sentencing handed down by the judge. However, there are factors that can reduce the sentencing. Your attorney's goal is to cast doubt that you are guilty of the crime in order to the get best possible outcome. A guilty verdict could ultimately lead to time in prison, as well as registration as a sex offender.
Child Pornography Defense
Once charged with child pornography, the investigation process can take months. Investigators work to bring evidence against you and, when that evidence is presented in court, it can be rather overwhelming for all involved. When the evidence is overwhelming, there are certain factors that the judge will take into consideration when sentencing and, of course, you want that sentence to not be very harsh.
Your Minneapolis child pornography defense lawyer will also be gathering evidence and doing research while investigators are gathering theirs. This involves consulting with experts, such as psychologists and other professionals who are relevant to creating a solid defense in your case. If you have a history of abuse, mental illness or addiction, these factors are presented in order to benefit you. While a past of harm inflicted upon you is not enough to have the charges dropped, you may be able to have them reduced. This is especially true if you do not have a criminal record or a previous sexual offense on your record.
Minneapolis Child Pornography Defense Attorneys And Lawyers
If you have been accused of child pornography, there are factors in your case that may work to your benefit. Your defense attorney will be able to identify those factors and make the law work in your favor, whether it's the charges being dropped or reduced. To achieve the best possible outcome in your case, call 612-332-2000 or fill out our contact form for your free case evaluation.