We Represent the Rights of Individuals Facing Federal Child Pornography Charges
If you have been accused of a federal child pornography offense, it is imperative that you speak to a lawyer as soon as you can. At Duffy Law, we understand how terrifying child pornography charges can be and the need to manage the public perception of an ongoing case in tandem with the legal side.
Duffy Law is a team of experienced federal child pornography defense lawyers based in Connecticut. We represent people accused of crimes related to child pornography and provide aggressive, tenacious, and solution-oriented criminal defense services. We believe that everyone deserves a zealous defense – whether they have committed the crime of which they are accused or not. To schedule a case evaluation with a member of our team, call Duffy Law today at 203-946-2000 or send us an email through our online contact form.
Under Investigation? Don’t Delay in Seeking Legal Help!
Many child pornography cases involve significant investigation prior to an arrest and the filing of formal charges. This is particularly true when it comes to offenses that involve the sharing of child pornography on the internet. Peer-to-peer file sharing programs allow users to share files that may contain child pornography, and tracking how these files are distributed often requires months of technical analysis.
People who are under investigation often make the mistake of waiting until they are charged with a specific offense before talking to a lawyer. Importantly, the representation of an attorney during the investigation phase of a case can impact how it is ultimately resolved. In some cases, a lawyer may be able to prevent charges from being filed against you at all. As a result, if you suspect that you are under investigation for a crime related to child pornography or have been questioned by law enforcement but not charged, you should speak to a lawyer as soon as possible.
Child Pornography Offenses Can Result in Serious Consequences
A conviction for a crime involving child pornography can have a significant impact on nearly every aspect of your life. Sexual offenses, especially those involving children, occupy a special place in our social consciousness, and even unsubstantiated allegations can haunt a person for the rest of their lives. If you are convicted of a child pornography offense, you will likely be facing extremely serious legal consequences, including:
- Significant fines
- Jail time (which can include a mandatory minimum sentence)
- Mandatory counseling
- Sex offender registration
If you are convicted of an offense related to child pornography, you will almost certainly be required to register as a sex offender in the state in which you live. State sex offender registries allow the general public to obtain information about sex offenders living in a certain area and provide information such as a particular offender’s name, offense, age, and address. Not surprisingly, being a registered sex offender can make it harder to get a job, rent an apartment, or even make friends – and in some cases, offenders are required to register for the rest of their lives. In this way, a conviction related to child pornography has the potential to derail your entire life, making retaining the right defense attorney all the more important.
Did You Even Know You Possessed Child Pornography?
Many people accused of possessing child pornography had no idea that it was on their electronic device or computer. Most child pornography cases involve the digital transmission and storage of digital images or videos of pornographic materials. This means that the offensive material does not exist in a physical form, but is rather stored on someone’s hard drive in their computer.
In cases like these, you may have simply accidentally clicked on the wrong pop-up, which resulted in the installation of pornographic files on your computer. Sometimes, computers that are running peer-to-peer file sharing software share illegal files without the knowledge of the owner. In addition, sometimes files are misnamed as pranks or in an effort to facilitate the surreptitious sharing of files, so you may have thought you were downloading an open-source word processor when in fact you were downloading child pornography.
Federal law requires that you know that you possess child pornography in order to obtain a conviction, and it may be possible to introduce evidence that shows that your possession of the offensive material was unintentional. Importantly, if you connect to public networks regularly or allow others to use your computer, it may present an opportunity to argue that the offensive material was installed onto your computer without your knowledge. In these kinds of cases, defendants may employ the assistance of an expert who can recover keyword searches and other data in order to show that the defendant was not actively searching for or downloading child pornography and likely had no knowledge that the offensive material was stored on the computer.
Our Lawyers Will Determine Whether Your Rights Were Violated
In many child pornography cases, the defense focuses on having the evidence seized (i.e. the images of child pornography) suppressed, which means that it cannot be used against the defendant in court. Without access to the child pornography itself, prosecutors are generally forced to drop their case entirely.
Evidence can often be suppressed when the police violate a person’s Constitutional rights during a search. For example, if the police searched your home without a warrant and the search did not fall within one of the legally accepted exceptions to the warrant requirement, any evidence gathered would likely be inadmissible in court. At Duffy Law, we will carefully analyze the way in which the police investigated your case or searched your home, person, or belongings and determine whether your Constitutional rights were violated in any way. If they were, we will aggressively try to suppress the evidence against you.
Call Duffy Law Today to Schedule a Case Evaluation With a Federal Child Pornography Defense Lawyer
If you are under investigation or have been accused of a crime related to the possession, distribution, or production of child pornography, you should retain legal counsel immediately. To schedule a consultation with one of our federal child porn defense lawyers, call Duffy Law today at 203-946-2000 or send us an email through our online contact form.