Child Pornography Crimes in Annapolis & Ocean City
Defending Clients Accused of Possession or Distribution of Child Pornography
Many people who are arrested on child pornography charges are caught in a trap laid by state and federal task forces. The accusations often come from a cooperating witness who has been caught with child pornography on his or her computer. If you are under investigation for possession or emailing of child pornography, call Murphy & Price, LLP, at 410-280-2500 for a free initial consultation.
At Murphy & Price, LLP, our criminal defense lawyers share more than 20 years of experience prosecuting and defending people charged with Internet sex crimes involving child pornography. Most Internet child pornography is transferred through email. If law enforcement officers seize the computer of someone who has forwarded child pornography, they can figure out who the images have been forwarded to. They can then get a search warrant and seize the computer containing the forwarded images.
The admissibility of child pornography images as evidence in your case will depend on whether the investigators had a legal warrant to search for and seize the evidence. If the police had no probable cause for obtaining the search warrant, your lawyer may be able to get the pornographic images suppressed as evidence.
If you are under investigation for possession of child pornography, one of the most important things you can do is to talk to an attorney before you talk to the police. You should never confess to the crime until a lawyer has had the opportunity to review the evidence against you.
The federal government has made enforcement of child pornography laws a priority, as the crime is viewed as a fuel for child sex abuse. If investigators find child pornography on your computer, they will try to use it as evidence that you have a propensity to commit child sex abuse. However, this evidence is not admissible in certain jurisdictions.
Depending on the circumstances, mandatory prison sentences may apply to possession of child pornography. If the prosecutor has a strong case, one of the most important things an attorney can do is to explore what can be done through the plea-bargaining process to avoid a mandatory sentence.
We handle cases in federal courts throughout the United States including: San Diego, Los Angeles, Washington, D.C., Maryland, Colorado, and many others.
Free consultation: Contact a federal criminal defense attorney at Murphy & Price, LLP, for a complimentary evaluation of your child pornography case.
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