If you or a loved one has been arrested and charged with possession or transmission of Child Pornography also known as “Kiddie Porn” you may find yourself in a legal nightmare. The situation is not totally hopeless. Your friends and employer may have abandoned you but there may be legal defenses to the Federal or State Charges against you.
The first issue that has to be dealt with is bail bond. In Federal Court, the judges may initially deny bond claiming you are a threat to the community. In State Court, the judges routinely set high bonds. You start off with the deck stacked against you. In most instances we have been able to get a reasonable bond set. Once you are out you need to find an attorney who really understands the ins and outs of sex crime defense.
If you are charged with possession of child pornography and the crime involves a computer there may be legal issues dealing with your knowledge of what was on the computer. Sometimes something may end up on your computer without your knowledge and knowledge is an essential element of the offense. Someone may have sent you illegal images without your knowledge. The police or the Federal authorities may have illegally seized your computer or tricked you into surrendering it. As a former Federal prosecutor and experienced sex crime lawyer, over the years I have handled many child porn cases in both Federal and State Court. An attorney needs to really understand cyber crimes and computers to mount a good defense.
Your attorney also needs to have a real grasp of the Sentencing Guidelines in both State and Federal Court. In Federal cases where images were transmitted you could be facing eight or nine years in Federal prison under the guidelines. Do not take a sex crime charge lightly. You could end up being a registered sex offender for life or under supervision for many many years.
We offer free consultations in sex crime cases. Call me at my Sarasota office at 941 366 3506