Florida Child Pornography Lawyer
Child pornography is one of the most serious offenses a person can face. From possession of child pornography to the mere allegation of distributing, a defendant can face lengthy prison sentences, registration as a sex offender for life and a tarnished reputation and career. Actual sentences vary based on the quantities of material in question as well as the nature of the accused crime. The most pertinent thing one can do to preserve their rights and safeguard their future is to call an experienced Florida child pornography lawyer. With eight different offices statewide, our firm can help you reclaim your rights. Contact us today to schedule a confidential consultation.
Elements of a Child Pornography Crime
There are three elements to a child pornography crime that, if present, may lead the person accused to be convicted of a third degree felony.
- Defendant knowingly possessed material featuring a child compromised
- The media in possession illustrates sexual conduct of a child younger than 18 years old
- Defendant knew the media in possession contained sexual conduct of a child
There are circumstances such as the child in question appears to be of age or the media being only a software file where an expert witness testimony would be required. Generally, possession of child pornography has a maximum sentence of five years, but there are no minimum mandatory sentences. This offense does grant the accused a pretrial release.
Understanding Child Pornography Distribution and Transmission Charges
Distributing and transmitting child pornography is viewed as one of the most severe offenses in Florida. It is highly important that if you are contacted by authorities, taken into custody or if a warrant has been issued to search your premises that you do not speak to law enforcement without an attorney present. Most cases start with a law officer contacting the accused and setting up a voluntary interview. More often than not people speak to the agents or officers without a lawyer, which can be a huge mistake. Don’t let fear or ignorance bully you out of your rights. If you or a loved one has been accused of distributing or transmitting child pornography, contact our firm to speak with an experienced Florida child pornography lawyer right away for a complimentary and completely confidential consultation.
The transmission or distribution of child pornography falls under the Florida statute promoting a sexual performance by a child. The elements to validate these cases are the following:
- The accused produced, directed, disbursed or advertised any visual representation available to be witnessed by spectators
- The visual representation depicted some type of sexual activity by a child under the age of 18 years old
- The accused knew what the visual representation of the child was and still distributed it
To prove these elements, expert testimony is often needed. The maximum prison time for this crime is 15 years and registration as a sexual offender, predator or both.
Contact a Florida Child Pornography Attorney
The attorney you choose affects how your proceedings go inside and outside the courtroom. You will need an attorney that will provide investigators and experts to scrutinize any and all evidence to work in your favor. You need an experienced attorney to help you avoid maximum penalties and other life-shattering consequences. Our firm can provide you with top-notch service throughout the state.
Do not delay. If you or someone you know is facing possession of child pornography charges, call our firm at 866-608-5529 or contact us online to speak with a knowledgeable Florida child pornography lawyer and get your case underway.